BIAL Deploys UFIS Software to Monitor Flights

by Manu Sharma    Jul 21, 2009

Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the owner and operator of the greenfield airport, has implemented a Universal Flight Information System (UFIS) which will enable the airport to monitor all the flight schedules, delays on day-to-day basics.

The UFIS software has been imported from Germany and runs on a Unix platform with back-end on Oracle 10G.

Talking to CXOtoday on the sidelines of the DataCentre 2009 event in Bangalore, S. Francis Rajan, head-IT, BIAL, said, "The airport has been designed keeping the green environment in mind. Since we feel it would be a constraint if the datacentre is outsourced, we have a full-fledged IT team based at the airport and have our own database and a DR site - all in-house. With the hosting on the UFIS, we are able to track and monitor all the flights on a regular basis."

At the terminal building, all the check-in counters have installed. Flight Information Display System (FIDS) monitors, UFIS, speakers, terminal building lights, and CCTV cameras.

Currently, the company has a team of 85 spread across 12 IT streams like the database team, enterprise applications, system applications, system networking, etc all based in the same campus. "Initially, the company invested a sum of Rs 270 crore to set up the IT infrastructure and are likely to expand the team to 100 during the current fiscal," said Rajan.

However, the company is not likely to invest too heavily on new IT applications this fiscal mainly due to the global slowdown. "But we will go ahead and set up a passenger touchscreen kiosks and also revamp our portal," said Rajan.
Since the airport opened in May 2007, besides the regular operators, the airport has welcomed new international carriers into Bangalore, making new destinations directly accessible to air travellers. These include Dragon Air, Tiger Airways, Oman Air, Air Mauritius and most recently Kingfisher Airlines London and Jet Airways to New York via Brussels.

In addition, the cargo facilities at the airport are used by domestic freighters apart from six international freighters, which include Singapore, Lufthansa, Qatar, Etihad, Sri-Lankan Cargo, Air India and Emirates.

The Bengaluru International Airport is located 40 km north of the city’s central business district. This will allow both the city as well as the airport to develop. It is spread over an area of approximately 4000 acres and, besides the regular airport services, it will offer a hotel, shopping mall, food courts and other conveniences in the upcoming project phases.

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