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Half of the World’s Airports Now List Security as Top Priority for IT Investment

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Airports are prioritising IT investments for passenger and airport security.
According to the 2016 Airport IT Trends Survey, the extensive annual study of IT trends within the global airport industry co-sponsored by SITA and Airports Council International (ACI), in association with Airline Business, 50% of the world’s airports now rate IT investments in security a high priority, up from 37% last year.

Leo the Baggage Handling Robot, by SITA Lab, seen at SITA Air Transport IT Summit 2016 © FCMedia

Exclusive Video: Get To Know Leo. He Can Handle Your Baggage

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While at the SITA Air Transport IT Summit 2016 conference in Barcelona, I got a chance to meet Leo, a specialised robot designed to help passengers check their luggage baggage faster at the curb before they enter the airport terminal.

The fully autonomous robot can check-in, print bag tags and carry up to two 32kg suitcases. It follows a programmable tracks and has laser guided obstacle avoidance system to navigate high traffic areas.

Leo was named after the Italian Renaissance inventor and engineer Leonardo da Vinci–creator of the world’s first robot.

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