Why airports move to the cloud and the Internet-of-ABC eGates
August 3, 2014 Leave a comment
Airports’ new cloud’s-eye view on infrastructure management is beginning of Internet-of-ABC eGates and Kiosks.
This wasn’t a mature option a few years ago; it’s now happening. Driven by metrics, early-mover CIOs like Michael Ibbitson at London Gatwick airport are moving their IT-processes to the cloud. The cover story, ‘Head in the cloud’, of a recent (June 2014) issue of Passenger Terminal World throws light on cloud technology’s impact on airport management.
‘82% of airports are either evaluating cloud services or have major cloud programs underway’, the story reports citing SITA’s 2013 Airport IT Trends Survey.
Why airports move to the cloud?
The metrics and targets are clear. Some of the reports’ findings speak for themselves:
- IT hardware costs reduction by up to a third
- Energy saving of 80% vs. running on-site data centers
- Expanding flight capacity (flights per hour)
- Raising aircraft arrival and departure on-time accuracy
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