Dubai International Airport goes wireless

Dubai International Airport is overhauling its technology infrastructure with a new Cisco network, which will provide wireless coverage across the airport?s three terminals

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Dubai International Airport is overhauling its technology infrastructure with a new Cisco network, which will provide wireless coverage across the airport’s three terminals.

The updated system will better service airlines, passengers, retailers, the police and immigration authorities, according to Mazen Jabri, general manager for Cisco in the UAE. “The airport wants services that encourage people to use the airport more and spend more money, such as IP [internet protocol] telephony, video telephony, internet access and applications access,” he said.

Jabri claimed the network would also provide greater operational efficiencies in the airport by allowing different systems to be integrated, saving cost and resources. “There is a productivity and efficiency impact on the operation of the airport,” he said. “It allows the airport to integrate various systems together, which means minimising cost and maximising security, because you are integrating the radio system with the flight information system and the telephony and access and security systems all in one network. So you have more control and you can better leverage your resources.”

Work on the Cisco network started six months ago and is being carried out in two phases. In phase one, due to be finished in the first quarter of next year, the network will be deployed in terminals one and two. In phase two it will be deployed in terminal three and other areas, including the cargo area.

DCA is also considering further leveraging the network by deploying Cisco’s Interoperability and Collaboration System (CiscoIPICS) technology — a communication system designed to integrate multiple push-to-talk radio systems with other communication resources, such as voice, video and data devices on the same network.

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