Metropolregion Hamburg

Digital Boarding Support (DiBUS)

Air Transportation SystemLeading-Edge Cluster Competition

The DiBUS project is investigating how smartphones can support passengers in the boarding process.

The DiBUS (Digital Boarding Support) project is part of the flagship project, “Efficient Airport2030”. The Institute for Telematics at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) is investigating how passenger processes in airport terminals can be optimised with the help of information technology. The focus is on the fact that more and more passengers have their own smartphones, and the functionality of these devices can be used to optimise passenger processes.

Like DigiBA (Digital Boarding Assistance) from the Efficient Airport2030 flagship project, the DiBUS system supports the transmission and reception of messages to provide passengers with important tailored information such as timetable changes or the time remaining until departure. The project is also investigating the way in which smartphones can be integrated into the infrastructure of the airport, i.e. into technical facilities such as transmission and reception stations, to facilitate the localisation of passengers and personnel within the airport. Tests are being conducted in the laboratory at first and then later at Hamburg Airport. 

Ultimately, location-based services (LBS) may then be offered. Amongst the products being developed is an indoor navigation system which can, for example, guide passengers along the shortest route to their departure gate or assist external service personnel to find their way to their workplace.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Volker Turau, +49 [0]40-42878-3530,


Institut für Telematik, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg


Flughafen Hamburg

Sponsored by

the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the Leading-Edge Cluster strategy