T-Systems’ traffic control system, the Airport Management System (AMS), is already in use at more than 40 airports worldwide. AMS analyses, processes and visualises all flight-relevant data at an airport in real time, from air traffic control to airlines and ground services. The platform, which combines numerous other core solutions in addition to the AODB, thus ensures smooth flight movements and ground handling processes – and is now also in use at the world’s largest airport. Beijing New International Airport is located in the Beijing suburb of Daxing and has four runways that can handle up to 620,000 flights a year – an average of almost 1,700 flights a day. Once all runways have been put into operation and all extensions have been completed, Beijing-Daxing will become the undisputed leader in global air traffic.
The airport uses the AMS solution in a highly reliable on-premise server environment. “Efficiency played a major role in the planning of our new airport. The proven industry software and T-Systems’ expertise have convinced us,” confirms Yuan Xue Gong, Chief Engineer at Beijing-Daxing Airport. “Thanks to the digitalization strategies and technologies of the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary, we are optimally equipped to guarantee the operation, security and maintenance of the airport infrastructure at a high level at all times”.
More than 40 interfaces ensure simple integration of third-party systems that are used in a wide variety of areas of airport operations. An airport is a highly complex ecosystem that needs fully integrated and precise solutions. And in addition to the AODB, AMS offers many other solutions: for passengers, flight times, jet wingspans and much more. Accordingly, the AMS consists of several individual technical components, all of which were developed by T-Systems in such a way that they account for the complexity of everyday airport life. The individual components of the airport software operate within a fully integrated network system. The flexible implementation options enable the Chinese management to adapt the software to the individual needs of the airport. This ranges from the number of external service providers to be included all the way to the maximum capacity utilization.
In Beijing, for example, a Resource Management System (RMS) is integrated into the T-Systems solution in addition to the AODB. The RMS module uses the Airport Control Centre to automatically assign aircraft parking spaces for each flight based on data from the AODB. It also controls the gate, check-in and baggage claim, thus ensuring smooth passenger, baggage and aircraft handling. The system includes a Flight Information Display System (FIDS) as well. It also accesses the AODB database and prepares the relevant information for display. More than 3,000 displays are used in Beijing-Daxing and provide passengers and check-in staff with all relevant information in real time.
The A-CDM collaboration tool forms the communication platform for all persons and institutions involved in airport operations: air traffic control, airlines, ground handling, traffic managers and service personnel. In this way, the successful exchange between those involved in air traffic is ensured in daily operations with the aim of achieving better coordinated handling and take-off order. The AMS also includes the Ground Handling Management System (GHAMS), which provides access to all real-time flight data required for ground handling. It also controls the communication between ground handlers.
“We are optimally equipped to guarantee the operation, security and maintenance of the airport infrastructure at a high level.”