Abu Dhabi/Frankfurt, May 26, 2009 — proveo, part of Zebra Enterprise Solutions at Zebra Technologies (Nasdaq: ZBRA) and a software provider addressing the real-time requirements of ground handlers, airlines and other aviation service providers, announces the signing of a major contract with Abu Dhabi Airport Services (ADAS).
ADAS provides ground services at the airports of Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain, Al-Bateen, Delma and Al-Dhafra, all located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A trial project for about 50 units of GSE in 2008 very quickly made clear that ADAS could benefit enormously from the Airport Visualiser. The proveo system helped ADAS identify substantial savings and facilitated an optimization of ADAS’ operations, including improved safety standards. These conclusive results clearly convinced ADAS of the benefits of a GSE telematics system and they issued a tender in October 2008. Subsequently, ADAS has now selected proveo to roll out the proveo system to their entire fleet of GSE, amounting to a total of 472 units. Fifty of these units belong to Abu Dhabi’s in-flight catering company. The proveo hardware Infoman will be installed on a large variety of GSE, including GPUs, ACUs, conveyor belts, baggage tractors, pushback tractors, passenger buses, and water trucks.
“We have seen immediate benefits from the day the trial project went live. The information available through the Airport Visualiser supports operational and strategic decisions. Once the proveo system has been installed on all our equipment it will allow us to make smarter procurement plans, have more accurate maintenance schedules and drive efficiency and productivity gains”, says Richard Backhouse, assistant general manager Strategic Planning, at Abu Dhabi Airport Services.
The project started in January 2009 and is due to be completed by March 2010. With the aid of the Airport Visualiser, ADAS will be able to exactly trace their GSE on the apron in real-time and obtain information on engine status and hours as well as the operational status of their GSE. From the modular Airport Visualiser solution, ADAS has, among others, opted for the Access Control function that allows for precise user identification and thus stops unauthorized use of GSE and helps to reduce damage done to the equipment.
The proveo system will also provide operators with information on the fuel level of the GSE. This leads to an optimized use of material and man power, as only GSE that actually need to be refuelled are taken out of the service. Last but not least, ADAS will streamline their maintenance processes by switching from time to engine hour based maintenance, supported by proveo’s Maintenance Forecasting function.
Jens Roder, proveo’s head of projects for the Middle Eastern region comments: “I am delighted that we can start working on this project. From day one, the commitment and enthusiasm that ADAS demonstrated was evident and impressive. We are pleased that the remarkable results of a pilot installation convinced ADAS to enter into a full-fledged cooperation with proveo, further strengthening proveo’s impressive presence in the Middle Eastern region.”