POSTED: 1st April 2009

BCS Group Strikes Gold with $AUD 7m Queensland Airport Win

BCS Group, provider of airport, security and baggage handling IT systems, has landed a multi-million dollar contract to upgrade Queensland’s Gold Coast Airport at Coolangatta.

Coolangatta is the preferred port of entry for thousands of New Zealand holidaymakers each year and the project in on target for completion in time for the winter 09 influx.Owned by Queensland Airports (QAL), Gold Coast Airport Ltd (GCAL) is undergoing a major $100 million terminal and systems upgrade, doubling its physical space from 13,000sqm to 28,000sqm to support exponential growth of travellers with low-cost carrier airlines.

GCAL will rely on BCS Group to provide not only all the new hardware for the expansion but also all of the baggage handling IT systems. The new system includes  an expanded departures area with  36 new check-in desks,  enhanced inline checked bag screening utilising three  new L3 automated explosive detection  X-ray machines, an oversize line and sortation systems for three make up loops, as well as a  new passenger arrivals system comprised of three crescent pallet carousels.

According to Marc Michel, BCS General Manager, International Airport Systems, the upgrade will cut the long wait times during baggage screening and check in, with a unified check in area helping to speed up the often-congested process.

BCS  Airflow High Level information technology will manage passenger checked bag screening and baggage handling for domestic and international airlines including AirAsia X, Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue, JetStar, Virgin Blue and Air Pacific. The Airflow high level controls suite provides a modular and scalable IT solution  for seamless baggage handling with modules for sortation, screening, reconciliation, bag tracing, data warehousing, information display systems, remote check-in and  communication with the individual airline systems.

BCS's also used its Virtual Airport 3D simulation and emulation software package for the development and testing of the GCAL baggage handling systems in the design stages in order to optimise the best system design solution. Virtual Airport enables a revolutionary approach to the design, simulation and testing of Baggage Handling Systems (BHS) well in advance of trying to implement a design solution on site and then uses the emulation capabilities to further cut onsite commissioning requirements by up to 75%.

Auckland-based BCS Group, which employs 270 staff globally, was chosen because of its significant experience  in a number of successful projects for QAL including the interim solutions at Gold Coast domestic terminal, Tiger T3 terminal, and the regional airport security and baggage handling systems at more than 30 airports including Mt Isa and Townsville Airport.

Paul Donovan, Chief Operating Officer, Gold Coast Airport said the  terminal redevelopment would cater for predicted passenger growth over the next 10 - 15 years. The Gold Coast airport win follows BCS's increasing presence in the Australian market, in line with a Government-driven nationwide  upgrade  of regional safety and security systems.

BCS Group was selected to implement 'Checked Bag and Passenger Screening' at 40% (the majority) of regional airports, including important tourist destinations, Ayers Rock, Ballina, Proserpine, and State hubs, Broome, Mildura, Port Macquarie, Mount Isa and Townsville.

Checked Baggage Screening (CBS) is an important aviation security measure that examines passengers' luggage to ensure that explosives are not brought on board aircraft. The measure operates by a number of means including X-ray examination, testing for chemical residues using Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment; and physical search.

BCS Airport Systems specialises in the development, design, manufacture, installation and servicing of a broad range of innovative hardware and information technology behind baggage handling systems and security systems for small regional ports right through to large international airports handling 20-30million passengers per year.



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