One of the United States' busiest airports has chosen a New Zealand company to provide the world's most sophisticated baggage handling and software technology to its 21 million passengers each year.
BCS Group subsidiary BCS North America has won a multi-million dollar contract for the upgrade and refurbishment of Hawaii's Honolulu International Airport.
According to BCS North America project manager Niall Teh, the innovation embedded in BCS' 3D software and controls was key to being selected as a supplier for this high profile project and differentiated the company from competitors.
BCS's involvement in the US$61m explosive detection system (EDS) integration improvement project is the company's second major win in the US, following on its previous project in Maui.
The current project is partially funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and includes new and upgraded baggage handling systems in four lobbies in the international terminal.
When complete in early 2013, the systems will include over 650 new conveyors, 16 explosive detection systems (EDS), and four state-of-the-art explosive trace detection rooms.
BCS was contracted by the project's baggage handling system contractor, Utah-based Horsley, to supply the low level control (LLC), maintenance and diagnostic system (MDS), and high level control (HLC) for the entire project.
A large number of changes were required during the project, and Horsley saw the ability to use Sym3 3D simulation and virtual commissioning software as pivotal to the several phases of construction.
BCS' latest version of high level controls software, Airflow G5, will handle all the sortation, database and reporting functionality for the new baggage handling system. Operators will use BCS revolutionary 3D SCADA software to monitor and control the four BHS systems, with 3D visualisation and live display of all bags in the system enabling proactive decision making and increased operational efficiency.
BCS general manager service and solutions Marc Michel commented "This is a great win for BCS and for NZ. Clearly the fact that we know our SYM3 3D simulation / control software played a significant role in getting us noticed over larger international competitors."
Mr Michel said the win was also excellent vindication of the support and partnership BCS has with the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI).
"They played a significant role in partnering with us to develop and commercialise the SYM3 product over the last four years, which is a significant part of our strategy to transition BCS into another $100m+ Kiwi company."
Richard Bentley, acting DCE business innovation and investment at the Ministry of Science and Innovation, says that BCS is a great example of a NZ high-growth business that has used MSI R&D funding wisely to position themselves into new higher profit market segments.