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New technologies for providing essential passenger medical service: the case of Aviogei ambulift.

Pandemic has brought the attention to all tools and products aimed to enhancing the health care of passengers in the airports.

Among the various products, medical lifts, also known as “ambulifts”, are a much-valued element of the service provided for passengers with restricted mobility (PRMs) boarding or leaving aircraft.

The GSE supplier AVIOGEI has been improving its ambulift offering – which takes in the smaller PED and the sophisticated Thunderlift – over the past year.

In particular, changes have been made in order to offer an even greater degree of control for an airport operator. Now, airports can monitor the use of an AVIOGEI machine with a new ‘registration’ system, and receive an alert in the event of any incident. The monitoring system can benefit from both internal (if allowed by relevant privacy policies) and external cameras. There are various options for exporting the data collected as well. The system can be managed by a fleet management platform that tracks any alerts raised in real time. Another improvement to AVIOGEI’s Thunderlift has seen passenger comfort increased through the introduction of a new seating arrangement and an air conditioning system suitable for all weathers.

Mr  Cesarini, President of Aviogei, said that the production department is preparing a new hydraulic system for the PED and the Thunderlift. The new system is designed to be more efficient in terms of energy consumption and less polluting for the environment. With the aim of increasing the level of operational safety, Aviogei GSE integrates additional systems for monitoring working conditions (tyre pressure, anemometer, engine status, cabin temperature, etc). In addition, the Thunderlift can be equipped with air filtration systems and specific barriers compliant to anti-Covid measures to guarantee the passenger health and safety.

A recent addition to the AVIOGEI ambulift offering is the electric-powered Thunderlift E (it was first publicly shown at inter airport in Munich in 2017). The Thunderlift E has been a great success in the market thank to the higher quality of PRM service, the quieter and more comfortable equipment for the operator and passengers, the electric variant that reduces maintenance costs, its long battery life.

As for the trend towards greener equipment over the longer term, the intention of the EU Commission to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050 will require substantial efforts in terms of the development and introduction of clean technologies. Research and innovation will determine the speed at which this transition can take place. In Europe, with the Horizon 2020 [funding programme] and the European Green Deal [a plan to make the EU environmentally sustainable by 2050], the resources that governments will direct towards the renewal of vehicles for electric mobility could help to create a rise in the demand for electric equipment in general. Certainly, AVIOGEI intends to extend its own electric GSE offerings into the self propelled toilet service units and water unit elements of its portfolio, among others, to help meet what it anticipates to be ongoing increasing demand for battery-powered equipment.

Article taken from Airside International – Summer 2021