Sao Paulo Airport to Upgrade Technology and Passenger Facilities

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So Paulo International Airport has chosen SITA to transform its operations and optimize the flow of aircraft as it gets ready for the influx of international visitors for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

For passengers a very visible change will be 1,000 new electronic display screens throughout the airport displaying the latest flight information. They will also give passengers up-to-date information on boarding locations, baggage belts and other important information via seamless, automated audio and visual messaging.

It is at the heart of the operations, which passengers never see - the Airport Command and Control Center, which is monitored by the Center of IT Operations - where the real transformation will take place.

The new technology from SITA will give Brazils largest airport proactive control over all operations, benefitting its millions of passengers by improving their journey through the airport. It will also enable the airport and its stakeholders - including airlines, customs, immigration and ground handlers - to collaborate around the same real-time information and make fully-informed decisions on resources and other issues.

Luiz Ritzmann, Chief Information Officer for GRU Airport said, With millions of visitors expected to converge on Brazil for the World Cup and Olympics, and normal passenger traffic expected to double by 2022, were preparing to handle more passengers, baggage and cargo as efficiently as possible. SITAs Airport Management System will help us better integrate airside and operations so we can turn aircraft around faster, increase passenger throughput and better coordinate our ground services. It will also help us eliminate bottlenecks at check-in, customs and security because we can work together with our partners, sharing data and collaborating. This integrated and intelligent airport view, which SITAs technology gives us, will allow us to deploy resources as needed in real-time.

SITAs airport management system, which GRU Airport will use, includes two key innovations: AirportCentral and Airport Orchestrator. Bringing together information from across the airport and from multiple systems, they present data in an intelligent and intuitive way on action boards. These go beyond the typical dashboard and enable the airport team to take action with a mere tap of a finger or click. The system then automatically updates all related data and activities, feeding the updates to all users in real time and flagging any operational irregularities, such as missing resources or flights which are delayed in their turnaround process.

The AirportCentral Airport Operational Database will act as a central point for proactively controlling operations and facilitating financial controls, while AirportResource Manager will empower planning and help coordinate real-time management of both staff and equipment, including departure gates, baggage carousels and check-in desks.

Mauro Pontes, SITA Vice President, Brazil said, By harnessing the power of our next generation airport management system, GRU Airport is bringing the vision of the intelligent airport to life. The airport will be able to track, manage and share information with all important stakeholders in real time, providing a whole new level of business intelligence. For example, they can monitor check-in and security queues and either immediately add more resources or re-direct passenger flows to where they can be processed faster. This will increase the airports overall flexibility, providing proactive control over operations, while enhancing the passenger journey.

The airport will launch the new system in terminals 1, 2 and 4 by the end of 2013. It will go live in the new terminal 3 once construction is completed in 2014.


World Cup, Olympics, Football, Sao Paulo, Brazil

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