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Evaluation of Technology-Supported Distance Measuring to Ensure Safe Aircraft Boarding during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Institute of Traffic Telematics, Dresden University of Technology, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Institute of Logistics and Aviation, Dresden University of Technology, 01069 Dresden, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(20), 8724; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208724
Received: 17 September 2020 / Revised: 15 October 2020 / Accepted: 16 October 2020 / Published: 21 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Technologies and Innovations for Sustainable Air Transportation)
With the rise of COVID-19, the sustainability of air transport is a major challenge, as there is limited space in aircraft cabins, resulting in a higher risk of virus transmission. In order to detect possible chains of infection, technology-supported apps are used for social distancing. These COVID-19 applications are based on the display of the received signal strength for distance estimation, which is strongly influenced by the spreading environment due to the signal multipath reception. Therefore, we evaluate the applicability of technology-based social distancing methods in an aircraft cabin environment using a radio propagation simulation based on a three-dimensional aircraft model. We demonstrate the susceptibility to errors of the conventional COVID-19 distance estimation, which can lead to large errors in the determination of distances and to the impracticability of traditional tracing approaches during passenger boarding/deboarding. In the context of the future connected cabin, a robust distance measurement must be implemented to ensure safe travel. Finally, our results can be transferred to similar fields of application, e.g., trains or public transport. View Full-Text
Keywords: social distancing; coronavirus; COVID-19; wireless technologies; ranging; RSSI; BLE; connected cabin; radio propagation simulation; passenger boarding; aircraft cabin social distancing; coronavirus; COVID-19; wireless technologies; ranging; RSSI; BLE; connected cabin; radio propagation simulation; passenger boarding; aircraft cabin
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Schwarzbach, P.; Engelbrecht, J.; Michler, A.; Schultz, M.; Michler, O. Evaluation of Technology-Supported Distance Measuring to Ensure Safe Aircraft Boarding during COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability 2020, 12, 8724. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208724

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Schwarzbach P, Engelbrecht J, Michler A, Schultz M, Michler O. Evaluation of Technology-Supported Distance Measuring to Ensure Safe Aircraft Boarding during COVID-19 Pandemic. Sustainability. 2020; 12(20):8724. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208724

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Schwarzbach, Paul; Engelbrecht, Julia; Michler, Albrecht; Schultz, Michael; Michler, Oliver. 2020. "Evaluation of Technology-Supported Distance Measuring to Ensure Safe Aircraft Boarding during COVID-19 Pandemic" Sustainability 12, no. 20: 8724. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12208724

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