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August 13, 2021

SITA and Siemens to support Kansas City Airport’s new terminal project

The airport aims to deploy interactive technology that can be used easily by its staff.

Information technology firm SITA has partnered with Siemens to deliver scalable technologies to the Kansas City Aviation Department, US, for the Kansas City International (MCI) Airport’s new terminal project.

Named Build KCI, the one million sq ft terminal project will feature 39 gates and several solutions from Siemens and SITA.

These will include fire and life safety systems along with security systems from Siemens, while SITA will supply IT networks and airport systems.

The technologies are claimed to lower operation and maintenance expenses as well as improve passenger experience through automation.

For a smooth transition from the construction to operation stage, the project will see the deployment of integrated life safety and emergency communications systems.

The airport aims to incorporate interactive technology, that can be used easily by the airport staff, and install passenger touchpoints, including touchless kiosks, flight information display systems and video walls.

Siemens Smart Infrastructure USA solutions and services Americas region president Dana Soukup said: “Siemens and SITA, through a joint project management approach, are combining their expertise in airport facilities systems, operations systems and IT systems to provide the aviation department with a solid technology infrastructure and intuitive, easy-to-use systems that allow terminal staff and operators to transition from their two current airport terminals to a new, technology-advanced single airport terminal.”

Under the project, Siemens will utilise its Desigo CC platform to integrate airport and facility systems with a converged network.

Some of the solutions that will be incorporated at the airport include access control, video surveillance, distributed antenna, multi-user flight information displays, airport common-use systems, Internet Protocol television (IpTV) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

In addition, digital displays, fire alarms and public addresses will be integrated with the Desigo CC mass notification system and the Desigo CC platform will be integrated in turn with the airport asset management platform.

SITA’s Cloud-based network connectivity will be used for sharing data regarding baggage, passengers and aircraft across the terminal.

Furthermore, SITA Flex, a Cloud-based common-use platform, will enable passengers to check-in via a biometric scan at self-service kiosks or an agent-assisted counter at the terminal.

Furthermore, the multi-user informational display screens for flights, baggage and gates will disseminate information to travellers, assisting them with moving through the airport.

Last month, SITA installed the SITA Smart Path Drop and Fly baggage solution for Ethiopian Airlines at Bole International Airport, Ethiopia.

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