How FME Helps Airports and Aviation

Improve operational efficiency and passenger experiences by connecting systems and making data accessible to those who need it. FME’s data integration platform connects systems across airports by blending and transforming data to support a variety of functions and decision-making processes.

Facilities Management

Integrate and sync applications and databases across different functions of airports to ensure everyone has timely access to the data they need.

Indoor Mapping

Integrate, convert, and load data into indoor mapping applications such as Apple Maps and HERE so passengers can easily navigate to points of interest.

Spatial Analysis

Analyze spatial data associated with airport facilities and airspace. For instance, calculate the fastest indoor routes or identify potential obstacles in takeoff and landing paths.

Information Exchange via AIXM

Efficiently move data in any format or structure into the complex Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM), as well as consume it in any application.

Customer Stories

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

The Vancouver International Airport needed a tool that would bring the data they already had into IMDF, a format that could easily be delivered to a customers mobile device. That’s where FME came in. By using FME Server to automate conversion tasks, YVR can maintain up-to-date information about terminals, gates, and flight numbers. It’s no wonder they’ve been ranked North America’s best airport for nine years straight!

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Building Indoor Mapping at YVR with FME

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

How is Schiphol making itself the most preferred airport in Europe? They’ve been working hard to ensure passengers have the best experience by providing digital indoor wayfinding. To do this, FME Desktop is used as the “ETL glue” to transform and transport data from their asset core database into their wayfinding applications like Apple Maps. By doing this, passengers can easily navigate throughout the venue and receive real-time updates. Schiphol Airport is also using FME for other projects like creating their Digital Twin!

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Large airport facilities, like the Los Angeles International Airport, serve millions of patrons every year. Development can be difficult when both infrastructure upgrades and public services must all take place in a single, extremely dynamic environment. To provide both employees and customers with information to aid in their situational awareness throughout LAX, FME Server is used to validate, standardize, and move data into an ArcGIS geodatabase. By automating the movement of data, passengers, employees, and emergency services can be quickly made aware of events within their vicinity.

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What People Are Saying About FME

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    "We have 8,000 employees based in 30 countries, and supporting all of that there are 4 people on the GIS team. So FME and automation is a really important thing for us."

    Joanna Hobbins, CAE
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    "I love FME because it just makes my job easier every day."

    Carlos Silva, Vancouver International Airport

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