18 APRIL 2011

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Article from BTNews 18 APRIL 2011

Heathrow's major background change

SITA, owned by the airlines and based in Geneva, has won a €120m outsourcing deal to provide core IT services to all six BAA-owned UK airports, including Heathrow.  Partnered by Capgemini UK the contract gives provision for continuity if, as likely, BAA are required to sell Stansted and either Edinburgh or Glasgow airports.

The consortium, assembled and led by Capgemini as prime contractor and systems integrator, includes SITA, Atkins, Computacenter and Amor.  SITA itself is considered to be one of the world’s leading, airline and airport technological suppliers.  It became a key player in airport IT outsourcing six years ago when, in the first deal of its kind at a European airport, Dusseldorf Airport became a client.

SITA will provide LAN, WLAN, voice, and radio services across the six airports covering 90,000 LAN points, 1,300 WLAN access points, 2,800 LAN switches and around 4,000 professional mobile radio (PMR) terminals.  SITA will ensure a fully resilient WAN interconnecting the six airports with BAA administrative and technical facilities.  In addition, 51 network, radio and security operational specialists will transfer from BAA to SITA.  From a travelling public and airport staff point of view the whole changeover should be seamless, very much keeping up with the very fast changing world of airport technology. www.sita.aero www.uk.capgemini.com

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