Amadeus launches new airport operations platform
Dubai, March 25, 2014
Amadeus, a leading technology partner to the global travel industry, has launched its ‘airport common use services’ (ACUS), a next-generation airport platform capable of carrying out all passenger processing functions.
The cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution platform will allow airlines and ground handlers to share the physical space and the IT resources of the airport, eliminating hosting and development burden, said a statement.
The majority of the world’s airports currently run a traditional and expensive common use model, including a long-term supplier and on-site IT infrastructure.
The adoption of Amadeus’ ACUS will allow airports to eliminate costly on-site systems, lowering their operational expenses and minimizing their environmental impact.
It will also improve their agility and flexibility to respond to unforeseen situations such as weather disruptions and traffic peaks.
The centralised connectivity to airports and simplified passenger processing will reduce costs and streamlined operations will give passengers a quick and fluid airport experience, said that statement.
The solution’s key features include application virtualisation technology; delivered via SaaS model, centrally hosted in a data centre; based on secure network connectivity and 4G communications; connection to all airline departure control system and airport applications; complete end-to-end solution delivery; and compatible with industry standards.
John Jarrell, head of airport IT at Amadeus, said: “The airport industry has advanced tremendously from the days of dedicated airline check-in desks towards a much more flexible and shared environment. It is now ready to embrace more change in order to maximise commercial and operational performance, and it can derive huge efficiencies from moving towards a common use service.
“Airlines have already chosen cloud technology to run many critical applications that are centrally hosted, and I believe the airport industry will follow this trend with Amadeus ACUS. Our platform will enable the airport ecosystem to use its resources much more intelligently, ultimately improving the passenger experience and taking the next step towards becoming the airport of the future.” - TradeArabia News Service