John Walther

Sr Mgr Analytics , Southwest Airlines

John Walther has been in the aviation industry since joining Southwest Airlines in 2008. He has held various positions ranging from College Intern, Facilities Project Manager to now Senior Manager. He has the unique experience of opening operations at new airports, facilitating cross departmental risk management, and leading the Corporate Facilities Analytics team. His current focus is the expansion of IWMS and integration of IIoT throughout the airline network. He graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s in Architecture and resides in Dallas with his wife and daughter.

Session Track: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

Thursday, May 18 10:10 AM - 10:40 AM 207

II1434B - Better Airport Operations via Digital Transformation

Airlines have difficulty viewing multiple layered airport equipment systems. Facility equipment failures are reactionary which can cause operational challenges that impact schedule and customer experience. The solution? A ThingWorx and Kepware-powered connected equipment solution throughout the Southwest Airlines network that enables real-time remote visibility of equipment performance at the component level, automated alert and escalation features that reduce downtime, a direct interface with Southwest’s Computerized Maintenance Management System to create work orders, and robust reporting for benchmarking and trend analysis. Beginning as a pilot, it has now expanded to 32 airports with added aircraft de-icing and fueling equipment. The network is resilient and enables financial, operational, and energy efficiencies across the U.S. airport system. Attend to learn key benefits, ease of deployability and use, and see a demo that highlights savings and opportunities to reduce downtime.

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