New Monitors

New Monitors A shift to management by technology by Sarah Smith Sarah Smith About the Author Sarah Smith is president of Madison Environmental Group, a consulting firm based in Boxford, MA. She specializes in FBO/ airportrelated...


ELECTRONIC AUDITING
Knowing the data to include in the inventory profile is accomplished through electronic auditing. The Electronic Auditing Tool© prompts the user on areas to investigate and asks specific questions for the operation. The Electronic Auditing Tool© is customized for the airport, the fixed base operator, the airline, and the cargo operator, and consists of a handheld data assistant used to collect information relative to the environmental, facility, or safety audit. Once complete, data is linked via wireless technology directly into the EMIS database and GIS imagery as the means to query the data.
In some cases, there may be databases that already exist in Excel or Accesstype databases which can be transferred into the EMIS database. An example would be a contractor’s database or a base tenant. For airports, the information may be connected with a property valuation and rent analysis. Whatever the information, the data are entered into the EMIS and accessed through pulldown menus for the various items.
The database is multitiered and depends on the inventory profile. A platinum level database, for example, may include links to OSHA and EPA regulations in relationship to the use of a tenant’s parcel. A gold level may include legal descriptions of a parcel, facility description, subtenant lease agreements, fuel storage operation, etc. A silver level may be limited to environmental features.

REMOTE SENSORS
New wireless telecommunications technologies offer exciting new possibilities for the shift to Management by Technology. While sensors that can continuously record environmental or operational conditions have been used for many years, the new wireless technologies will enable realtime data transfer. Noise, air quality, surface water quality and flow, and groundwater conditions can be monitored on a continuous basis.
EMIS, GIS, and remote sensors bundled together make an excellent tool to monitor realtime events. Paybacks into these technologies can be relatively short when the prevention, operation, and implementation perspectives are considered. Remote sensors are used to send data through wireless technology to the EMIS database that is linked to the GIS to automate and control airport environmental issues (noise, air, water, fuel, etc.). Wireless has revolutionized how data is collected and transferred into a customized database.
Security monitoring and location of security access points is readily linked to the database for visual observation and surveillance.

CONTINUOUS VISUALIZATION
Once the electronic audit and/or the wireless real—time monitoring is transferred into the EMIS and GIS, the information is visually accessible through a desk or laptop computer. What one sees is a map of the airport and a depiction of the subject site (an entire airport or individual leasehold). The site would be in realtime coordinates to submeter accuracy.
A pull—down menu for an FBO may include fuel facility, hangars, environmental projects, compliance plans, registration and insurance documents, aircraft fueling, etc. An airport menu may include a tenant’s database, documents database, properties, and environmental issues.
The click of a button provides information needed to research a particular issue, field a question, or access information as needed. A pending inspection by EPA in which they want to see the SPCC Plan, the Certificate of Financial Responsibility, and the tank registration form is made easy — click, click, click and print. The operator is ready for an inspection, for due diligence, or for a meeting with the airport to negotiate a lease extension.
By web—enabling the application, managers and decisionmakers within an organization can view the same data and reports as the person making them. Project stakeholders have access at preapproved security levels.

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