London to Create Technological Advancements for Airports

June 26, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. eradicate [ih-RAD-i-keyt] (v.) – to completely destroy or remove
Example: The supervisor plans to eradicate the bad experiences of travelers by improving airport facilities.

2. nuisance [NOO-suh ns, NYOO-] (n.) – something or someone that is annoying or irritating
Example: Losing your luggage on a vacation trip is such a nuisance.

3. crowdsourcing [KROUD-sawr-sing] (n.) – the act of giving work to a group of people, usually through the internet
Example: The company used crowdsourcing to provide jobs for online employees.

4. interfere [in-ter-FEER] (v.) – to get involved in an activity, resulting to delay
Example: Hackers interfered with the company’s computer system, postponing all online transactions.

5. sensor [SEN-sawr] (n.) – any device that recognizes and reacts to light, heat, sound, or movement
Example: The sensors in the airport help the security detect different kinds of trouble.


Read the text below.
London City Airport is planning to create a machine-to-machine communication through a technology called ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT).

The IoT will eradicate many nuisances related with plane travel. The Living PlanIt, the retail developer Milligan, and the UK’s Technology Strategy Board will develop the said technology.

The airport management says it will develop features that will track passengers through facial recognition, crowdsourcing software, and GPS. The tracking system will also monitor the luggage [LUHG-ij] to ensure that all belongings will not be loaded in the plane if the passenger misses the flight.

The technology can also automatically deliver foods that are pre-ordered online or through a mobile device. According to Robin Daniels, Living PlanIt's executive vice president for sales and marketing, a person who pre-booked a taxi using the technology can also immediately step right into the car upon exit.

Also, retailers in the terminal may use sensors and combination cameras to monitor people’s behavior and to know the consumers’ preferences. The technology may also help consumers choose products based on the previous items they bought.

However, Evangeis Ouzounis from an information security agency believe that being dependent on the IoT may cause problems.  Since IoT is not yet fully stable, hackers may interfere with sensitive travel information and airport systems.

Despite the possible problems, Robin Daniels still thinks that privacy is not an issue. Daniels emphasized that passengers can choose whether or not to use the new technology.  In fact, the technology can allow more advanced security system in the airport.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         In your opinion, will the ‘Internet of Things’ really solve airport problems? Please explain your answer.
·         Do you think ‘Internet of Things’ will be beneficial to all? Why do you think so?

Discussion B

·         Would you like the same technology for the airport in your country? Why or why not?
·         Aside from security threats, what are the other problems that may occur using the ‘Internet of Things’ in the airport? Why do you say so?


June 26, 2013