Common Infrastructure is the term applied when service providers or users of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) share the systems used to distribute electronic communication signals and services in the terminal or around the airport.
The concept of common infrastructure has been developed at Heathrow (other airports and similarly complex environments) over a number of years. It is enabled by technology convergence and driven by common requirements with the aim of reducing costs, minimising complexities and maximising flexibility.
This was ratified by the AOC Shared Systems Board (September 2010) and approved by the AOC Executive (October 2010).
The agreed strategy is to adopt common infrastructure across Heathrow but rather than do this retrospectively, the programme will be developed in line with deep refurbishment of existing facilities and any new ones. For example WLAN has already been deployed across the majority of areas.
The key components of the strategy are:
A. All deep refurbished facilities will have at least:
B. All new-build facilities will be as above, plus
In summary, the benefits of adopting a common infrastructure are as follows:
Roberto Segala - Lead Commercial Manager
Paul Brandon and Adrian Frymann - IT Business Partners
Stuart Birrell - Chief Information Officer
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