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Auckland, New Zealand



Auckland International Airport is New Zealand’s largest.  Over 70% of visitors enter or leave New Zealand via Auckland Airport.  Pre-Covid, the airport handled over 18 million passenger movements a year and 92% of all airfreight by weight pass through the precinct.

We have had a long relationship with Locus, our local FME support organisation.  Since on-boarding FME we have been able to build automated workbenches and applications that have:

  • Improved data quality
  • Streamlined processes
  • Gained efficiencies

New Zealand has strict biosecurity measures and, as an international transport hub, Auckland Airport has a requirement to manage possible biosecurity threats of public health concern and exotic mosquitos are one such threat.

The airport wanted processes that would be less manual and time consuming, and would provide greater accuracy in location data.

Using a combination of FME and ESRI tools, Auckland Airport built a solution that completely overhauled the mosquito inspection processes.  ESRI tools were used by inspectors to gather field data and FME workbenches were employed to transform, publish and archive that data.

The new mosquito-inspection process delivered notable operational gains including;

  • Significant improvement in data quality
  • Over 50% reduction in data manual processing
  • GIS processing reduced from over 300 to less than 10 hours pa
  • Improved reporting speed – stakeholders now receive reports, including published maps, within hours of data being captured in the field
  • Enriched data that helps identify trends and improve decision making
  • More accessible data, improving stakeholder satisfaction
  • Improved confidence in the integrity and accuracy of the data

All other potential process improvements involved some level of manual data processing, meaning less efficiency. FME delivered the most efficient solution – by a long shot

Michael Prior, GIS Manager, Auckland Airport