China seems to be avoiding the many teething problems that have plagued the UK's Terminal 5, with Beijing Capital International Airport's (BCIA) Terminal 3 having opened without incident.
The core systems at BCIA's Terminal 3 are developed, integrated and is managed by Unisys.
The Terminal 3 expansion project will provide the critical transportation infrastructure needed by Beijing to host the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. BCIA will be able to handle a targeted 76 million passengers and 580 000 flights a year with peak hours handling more than 124 flights per hour by 2015.
The BCIA authorities awarded the Terminal 3 Master Systems Integration contract to Unisys in mid-2005. Unisys assigned a dedicated team of technical and functional experts on design and development, integrated system architecture, testing, training, documentation and overall program management to work on this mission-critical assignment.
The IT management at BCIA has stated that it is very satisfied that the system integrated by Unisys is running smoothly. BCIA has enhanced its airport operation management by capitalizing on Unisys expertise in this area.
As the master systems integrator, Unisys was responsible for a number of key deliverables, allowing the airport’s operations to be supported by efficient, flexible technology. The company's major responsibilities for this project included:
* Ground Operation Information System (GOIS) – Unisys designed, developed and implemented the GOIS that manages the flight information for the entire airport, covering Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The GOIS continually receives the latest flight-related information from air traffic control, airline systems, various operational systems and handling agents, stores the information in the airport operational database and disseminates this real-time data to pertinent airport systems and key stakeholders in the airport community. The system includes a sophisticated resource management component to oversee and allocate various key airport resources such as stands, gates, check-in counters and baggage carousels to maximize efficiency and minimize flight delays. The system also enables airport officials to monitor whether the airport is delivering the correct levels of service to airlines and passengers, therefore improving both airport operations and the traveler experience.
* Integration Framework Design – Unisys designed the overall integration framework for the new Terminal 3 systems and successfully integrated more than 20 core operational systems prior to the terminal’s opening. Unisys then implemented the system, which resulted in seamless interoperability of disparate systems and a scalable, manageable integration architecture.
* Migration Strategy – Unisys assisted in defining the overall strategy for the migration and production of the new IT systems prior to the progressive transfer of flights to Terminal 3. BCIA mandated that the IT systems migration not impact current operations in Terminals 1 and 2. Unisys designed the strategic plan so that the new Terminal 3 Airport Operational Database would manage the acquisition of all flight-related information for the entire airport from external sources, such as air traffic control, and in turn, distribute this data to the terminal operational databases for Terminals 1 and 2 as well.
* Future Operational Model – Based on its 3D BlueprintingTM approach, Unisys consulted on the future operational model for BCIA, allowing it to become a major hub airport and to more effectively compete with other major airports in the region. Leveraging this proven methodology and the company’s domain experience at other airports, such as Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Unisys recommended a new operational model for BCIA’s business and operational practices, and allows the airport to continually assess future changes in its operational processes now that Terminal 3 is up and running.