As far as network infrastructures go there can hardly be a more demanding arena than an airport. Downtime is out of the question, all systems are highly mission critical and errors could result in catastrophic, life threatening consequences. Most of us see an airport as a check-in counter, security checks, duty free, delayed flights and waiting on luggage.
An airport is a thriving community consisting of thousands of workers and passengers, there are state of the art security solutions in place from cctv cameras, biometric devices, passport scanners, luggage screening etc.
It is an environment where numerous companies both in unison and separately, from airlines, food outlets, shops, airport authorities, transport companies from buses, trains cars through trucks etc.
An airport is a logistical nightmare where one fault has a knock-on effect on the smooth running of that airport and ultimately could result in delays across many other cities and countries. A glitch in the luggage handling system can result in slower check ins, delays in flights etc.
In today’s information age an airport is as good as the infrastructure on which it runs, and as a mission critical environment it needs the best infrastructure available. An airport is also a very dynamic environment and the need for flexibility and planning for future contingencies is essential.