Measure Time Through Technology        

Speeding Through Some of the Busiest Airports

August 7, 2015

We all know what it is like to travel around the United States and internationally, and the wait times are absolutely ridiculous sometimes. It’s a never ending cycle, but that’s the chance you take when you fly – nothing is perfect. However, our cell phones can be the next best thing to determine and measure wait times at the airport. A system was launched this week at JFK Airport in NYC, which is one of the busiest airports in the country. Wait times via cell phones can be monitored at security checkpoints, customs areas and taxi lines.


64% of American adults own a smartphone, not surprising. Expedia, one of the most popular travel websites, confirmed that 94% of leisure travelers bring their mobile device with them, being that phone signals are the most accurate way to manage passenger traffic. Sensors are placed through the maze of the airport, emitting signals from the strategically placed locations.


Beacons capture the signals, and each time a person passes a beacon, the system calculates the travel time. It’s not the mean time, but average to figure out how long the entire travel process is. Employees at the airport receive the signal information, and place the information on monitors for passengers. No more anxiety while traveling for those who get nervous flying and can make rational decisions. Considering that 19 and a half million passengers run through JFK per year, the operation can be successful to enhance the operations to make them run smoothly on a day to day basis.


The movement of passengers can also identify congested areas, reduce processing times in security and customs lines. However – no personal data storage is being saved on any passengers. Further systems in different airports will be launched soon. To read more, please click here.

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