This Guidance demonstrates how you can enhance your airport’s operational efficiency and improve the passenger experience using the Internet of Things (IoT). Connect critical airport assets—like heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; baggage handling, security, and access control systems; runways, taxiways, and passenger boarding bridges; and equipment and aircraft. Then, you can build an asset-monitoring system that provides insights and helps you streamline operations. You’ll be able to enact predictive maintenance, respond rapidly to downtime and disruptions, manage employee badges and tags, reduce passenger wait times, and make more-informed decisions.

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Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

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  • AWS IoT Core enables reliable bidirectional communication between IoT-connected airport assets and AWS services. It can handle a high volume of messages from many assets and reliably route those messages to AWS for downstream processing and connecting. It also helps you reliably collect and process telemetry IoT data from your airport assets. AWS IoT Core scales to support any number of devices without compromising on reliability, and the built-in retries facilitate reliable communication at scale. Additionally, AWS IoT Greengrass core devices can continue to operate locally if disconnected from the AWS Cloud.

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  • DynamoDB provides fast, predictable performance by spreading data across multiple Availability Zones. It offers single-digit latency at scale, so you can build highly responsive applications with predictable performance at any scale, and provision the throughput capacity you need without having to overprovision for peak usage.

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  • Amazon S3 provides cost-effective storage for any amount of data at scale. Its object life-cycle management and storage tiering reduce costs by automatically transitioning less frequently accessed data to more affordable tiers, such as Amazon S3 Standard-Infrequent Access (S3 Standard-IA) or Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes. This minimizes the overall storage expenses of your architecture at scale.

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  • AWS IoT Greengrass enables local compute, messaging, device shadow, and ML inference capabilities on edge devices. Performing compute and inference locally is more energy efficient than sending large amounts of data back and forth between local devices and the AWS Cloud. By reducing the need to transmit data to AWS for analysis, you can save network bandwidth and energy consumption and reduce the overall carbon footprint of your workloads.

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