MCLEAN, Va., 2 May 2013. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC; NYSE:SAI) engineers have begun work on Phase I of Denver International Airport's (DIA) $4.5 million initiative to develop and implement an Integrated Airport Management System (IAMS).
In this three-phase project, SAIC will integrate numerous disparate systems and applications into a single, advanced technology software platform for DIA. The solution will provide the airport's operation and management teams with critical and more effective information, allowing them to better respond to, mitigate, resolve, and recover from potential events, incidents, and emergencies.
Implementing a highly-capable command and control/event management platform as the centerpiece technology of the IAMS will provide enhanced data collection and exchange, organizational connectivity, and situational awareness and management across the airport's entire spectrum of operations, says a spokesperson.
Providing greater continuity and timely information for daily and emergency management, the IAMS will serve the needs of several key operations centers, including the Airport Communications Center.
SAIC has collaborated with DIA to better understand the challenges the airport faces in events such as a power failure, security-breach, snow removal, or an aircraft mishap or crash. Deploying this robust software platform, designed especially for critical infrastructure environments, will dramatically improve airport domain and situational awareness with three fundamental capabilities: improved management of the video surveillance system; geospatial referencing through the integration of the geographical information system; and continuity through programmed procedures and plans, which are delivered by the business logic core of the software. Drawing information from these three primary sources, the airport will be able to constantly update its "common operating picture" and better manage its activities, staff, and resources.
SAIC has begun Phase I of the project, developing, engineering, implementing, and integrating the airport's baseline security systems, including the access control system, video surveillance system, and several other applications. In future phases, SAIC will implement additional systems, applications, and technologies, enabling greater capability and functionality within the overall project resulting in one integrated airport management system.
"DIA's IAMS will be the nation's second system to be implemented at a major U.S. airport," explains Mark Denari, SAIC project manager.