European Airport of the Year 2004 Is Off To a Flying Start in 2005

Airport creates new customer services and reduces operational costs through the deployment of Cisco's? Intelligent Airport Solution.

The second phase of the project, to install IP communications, started at the beginning of 2004. Its aim was to offer communications for airport workers on the move while also reducing operational costs. The installation of IP phones at designated areas in the airport including checkpoint gates (in the perimeter of the airport area) is the first important step of the project. Previously it was not possible to have PCs stationed at checkpoint gates because of their size and expense to run. The installation of IP phones has enabled staff to deal with visitors and employee traffic quickly by providing staff with the equipment to access to up-to-date information at the gates.

''As a result of our collaboration with AIA the airport of the future is here today,'' said Nikos Lambrogeorgos, Cisco Systems. ''The open-standard interoperable nature of Cisco technologies means AIA can support a range of services on a single platform, which is a critical part of its business strategy.''

The smooth running of the airport was never so important as during this years Olympic games when flawless operations and efficient handling resulted in four new records being set for the airport. The technology infrastructure helped AIA to achieve new historical records in volumes of aircraft movements, passenger traffic, baggage handling, and flight punctuality.

Cisco Systems works with many other airports around the world including Toronto, Munich and Charles De Gaulle and deployment of the Cisco Intelligent Airport solution in these airports has resulted in a wide range of operational benefits. More information on Cisco Intelligent Airport Solutions and customers can be found on the Cisco Systems web site.

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