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Paradigm change in airport design

Published on  04 May by Matthys Serfontein , Vice President, Portfolio & Solutions Management, SITA
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Airport terminals are arguably the most technology-reliant buildings open to the public. The heavy reliance on technology has prompted architects to collaborate with IT specialists during the design phase of new airports and terminals. (SITA was involved in this early collaboration during the building of intelligent airports in Sao Paolo (GRU) and Rio de Janeiro.)

This early engagement of a technology partner is enabling a paradigm change in construction. The traditional capital program method of ‘design-bid-build’ is giving way to the ‘design-build’ framework, which is much more agile and delivers a more cost-effective and accelerated approach.

The benefits of this paradigm change include shared infrastructure for check-in and self-service that can be moved off-airport (e.g., to train stations and hotels). This reduces the footprint needed at the terminal to process passengers.

Other benefits are seen in business intelligence, plug-and-play adoption, near field communications (NFC), wearable computing, and cloud technology. It is also beneficial in meeting the connectivity and bandwidth demands of the new generation aircraft, such as A350, 787, and A380.

Learn more in my column in the latest issue of the Air Transport IT Review.

> Read the column

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