The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has awarded a four-year airport ground transportation management system (GTMS) contract to design and technology firm IBI Group.

Under the agreement, IBI will leverage its Smart Airport Taxi to automate the dispatch of ground transportation using PANYNJ’s Virtual Dispatch System. The move will connect drivers to ride opportunities through a mobile application.

It is said to include a feature that will deliver data related to the health of drivers and the cleanliness of their vehicles to the airport ground transportation operators.

The technology is currently being deployed at JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark airports.

IBI Group director and Intelligent Systems senior practice lead Tissa De Silva said: “We’re thrilled to launch this first-generation solution, in partnership with PANYNJ. Our solution provides benefits to airport operators and commercial vehicle drivers, saving them valuable time and resources through the use of smart technology.

“We look forward to working with PANYNJ to ensure its airports are equipped with a leading-edge, responsive and flexible ground transportation management system for years to come.”

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The mobile application developed by IBI will soon connect PANYNJ’s virtual dispatch system with all New York City Yellow Cabs and New Jersey Cabs.

This app is said to help eliminate the need for high holding areas where drivers typically queue. This in turn helps airport authorities to clear up space for other uses.

IBI Group CEO Scott Stewart said: “An exciting win for our software and systems team, this multi-year contract contributes to our goal of generating 20% of net revenue by the end of 2020 from our intelligence sector.

“As we continue to realise our technology-driven strategic direction, I’m excited by the new solutions our professionals are bringing to bear to foster smarter, more efficient and sustainable cities around the world.”

Last month, health and wellness company XpresSpa signed a contract with PANYNJ to provide Covid-19 screening and testing at Newark Liberty International Airport in the US.