S.J. Airport Officials to Ask for New $6.5 Million Computer System

Travelers will find a lot more flight data on banks of 55-inch monitors throughout both of the airport's terminals and will be able to check in at more kiosks.

Instead of having each airline install its own computer network in a permanent location, as they do now, the new system would use a single, shared network that would receive all flight and baggage information for every airline. That will enable airport officials to feed current flight and baggage-claim data to the monitors, as well as to the airport's Web site and to new self-service check-in kiosks that will be placed around the airport and even off-site, such as at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Airport officials also will be able to assign airlines to various gates and ticket counters much more quickly and nimbly. That will bring much-needed flexibility to the system while the airport is under construction and temporary buildings are built and then torn down, said Mack- Williams.

``This will be a fully dynamic system,'' she said.

San Jose Mercury News

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