Madeira Airports Authority (Aeroportos e Navegação Aérea da Madeira - ANAM) has awarded two contracts to Thales Portugal to deliver a passenger information system and revamp data centre at Madeira Airport using its virtualisation and cloud computing technologies.
Expected to be deployed by the end of 2012, the new passenger information system would incorporate digital public information, digital signage, digital billboard and wayfinder functions.
As part of the passenger information system, interactive kiosks, incorporating internet access and new displays, will offer extra support to passengers by delivering updated information on incoming and departing flights.
Following the implementation of Thales cloud computing solution, the Madeira Airport will be capable of offering access to a wide range of functionalities through virtual desktops.
The contract also includes provision of safe, secure and efficient operation of airport services through a virtualised information infrastructure comprising virtual servers and storage solutions.
According to the airport, the rise in efficiencies will enhance passenger experience and allow better deployment of computing power, further reducing its operating costs and cutting carbon footprint by consuming optimising energy.
As part of Madeira Airport's modernisation programme, Thales also completed two other projects in Portugal during early 2012.
Work involved the incorporation of services including voice, data and CCTV into a single network infrastructure to assist in maximising capacity and enhance resilience and security at the airport.
The projects also included upgrading the airport's voice network to integrate voice-over-IP (VoIP) technology and transmit messages automatically at Madeira (Funchal) and Porto Santo airports.
Image: The new passenger information system will provide passengers with updated incoming and departing flight data. Photo: courtesy of Koshelyev.