Japanese IT firm Fujitsu has completed a £34m network infrastructure project at London Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2.
The networking project at the Queen’s Building is part of a £2.5bn transformation project at the terminal.
With the completion of the project, the airport will see reduction in queuing times and improvement in the handling of baggage systems. The project for the terminal improvement was awarded to Fujitsu by the British Airports Authority (BAA) in 2010 as a four-year contract.
As a part of the agreement, the company had to design and implement a network infrastructure that would support all the terminal’s network operations, including check-in and security, air-conditioning systems and retail outlets.
Since the start of the project, Fujitsu has introduced a wireless LAN infrastructure, which consists of 130 communications rooms, 420 Cisco switches, and 1,700 help points and phones connected with 40km of backbone cabling, reported V3.
Passengers will now be able to complete most of the security check procedures faster as the technology will enable them to check-in at any desk, instead of a desk designated to a particular airline.
Employees have been given access to Wi-Fi and real-time information to help them improve communications and other travel services.
Fujitsu said that the implemented infrastructure will also support key systems like security, airport operation and building management systems, self-check-in and bag drop systems.
Heathrow chief information officer Neil Clark said: "The transformation project at Heathrow has ensured we provide world-class facilities.
"The network is vital for our operation and through that Fujitsu played a key part in delivering a world-class terminal."
Apart from the current project, Heathrow also awarded Fujitsu the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for private mobile radio and Cellular projects under which it will provide all radio and cellular requirements for the airport for the next two years.
Fujitsu UK and Ireland director of delivery, network and telecoms Stewart Saunderson said: "Fujitsu is committed to helping businesses create a good experience and reduce pain points for their customers.
"Fujitsu’s role will remain positive bringing a strong, co-operative relationship between Fujitsu and Heathrow in years to come."
Image: Fujitsu has completed the network infrastructure project at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2 enhancing services to passengers and staff. Photo: courtesy of Heathrow Airport.