PITTSBURGH, January 26, 2021 – Pittsburgh International Airport announced today a partnership with
Honeywell (NYSE: HON) to test air quality improvement technology at the airport’s newly opened
innovation center, xBridge. Pittsburgh International Airport is the first U.S. airport to deploy Honeywell’s
Healthy Buildings dashboard and air quality sensing technology, and will use Honeywell Forge enterprise
performance management software, to increase public health efforts and improve staff and passenger
confidence in travel.
The Honeywell Healthy Buildings dashboard at xBridge measures key indoor air quality (IAQ) parameters
such as temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide, particulate matter and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
A network of IAQ sensors connected to the Healthy Buildings dashboard provides real-time updates on
the airport’s air quality performance to help the facilities staff quickly identify and correct critical building
controls issues. The dashboard seamlessly integrates into existing systems within the airport. Honeywell
Forge software will be used to monitor and address maintenance issues with the airport’s air filters.
Launched in 2020, xBridge is a 10,000 square foot innovation center at Pittsburgh International Airport
custom-built to nurture the evolution of the aviation industry and inspire creative solutions to challenges.
Based on the success of xBridge pilot systems, PIT may expand the technology throughout the airport.
Working in tandem with companies on initiatives will be a key part of xBridge’s success. As the airport
itself has become a testing ground for new technology, including robotics and AI, this innovation center
will focus those efforts into a space custom-built for ideation, experimentation and collaboration.
“Public health, safety and security are always the top priorities at Pittsburgh International Airport. Working
with companies like Honeywell through our xBridge innovation center allows us to not only test new
technologies but also look for ways to solve bigger challenges that will improve the experience for our
airline partners, staff and passengers,” said April Gasparri, senior vice president of Public Safety,
Operations, and Maintenance for Pittsburgh International Airport. “The emphasis on air quality has greatly
increased due to COVID-19, and airports must look to adjust our facilities for the long term to create safer
environments for travelers and the people who make travel happen every day.”
The Honeywell Healthy Buildings dashboard can provide operational and passenger benefits to an
airport. From an operational perspective, it can visualize information via a single screen to allow the
Pittsburgh facilities staff to make real-time decisions based on air quality fluctuations. For example, if
increased occupancy creates higher carbon dioxide levels, the airport can immediately respond to
improve social distancing or increase airflow to the HVAC system in a specific zone. In the future,
travelers will be able to benefit by visually seeing the building health information in a user-friendly
Additionally, the airport plans to use Honeywell Forge to conduct condition-based maintenance focused
on MERV 13 filters in its air-handling units. By monitoring particulate matter and volatile organic
compounds using Honeywell’s dashboard, airport personnel will be able to identify filters that require
changing based on need versus a maintenance schedule to avoid costly, unnecessary filter changes. 2
Honeywell Forge proactively analyzes building controllers and mechanical assets and provides near real time insights via intuitive dashboards that can reduce unplanned reactive work on building systems.
Based on a recent survey fielded by Honeywell, 61% of surveyed airport workers were particularly
concerned about potential COVID-19 transmission through the air and 40% of surveyed airport workers
identified outdated ventilation systems as a bigger safety threat than co-workers not following safety
“Airports face challenges managing indoor air quality such as outdoor pollutants from airside operations,
varying occupancy density and numerous zones with different heating and cooling demands. The team at
Pittsburgh International Airport has an innovative mindset and is looking to identify ways to further
improve its indoor air quality to solve these problems,” said Keith Fisher, vice president and general
manager of services for Honeywell Building Technologies. “We’ve been able to deploy new solutions at
Pittsburgh International Airport to keep it current with the latest technology and create a safer and
healthier space without any downtime.”
Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions are part of a comprehensive effort to quickly develop innovative
solutions that help critical sectors, like aviation, of the global economy recover, without the need to
replace existing infrastructure. Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions provide a holistic view of a
building’s health based on key factors such as indoor air quality, occupant flow, PPE analytics, thermal
screening, body temperature monitoring, social distancing and sanitation efficacy.
About Pittsburgh International Airport:
Pittsburgh International Airport is committed to transforming Pittsburgh’s airports to reflect and serve the community,
inspire the industry, and advance the region’s role as a world leader. The airport was named by Fast Company
magazine as One of the Most Innovative Companies in the World as well as a finalist in its World Changing Ideas
awards, both in 2020. The airport’s Safe Travels initiative commits to the highest in public health and safety standards
in the airport industry. The initiative, in accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, outlines best practices for reducing the spread of germs and keeping travelers healthy. For more
information, visit www.flypittsburgh.com.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry specific solutions that
include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials
globally. Our technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more
connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell,
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