Qvest implements the control room at Cologne Bonn Airport and trains its professionals to guarantee operations

The Cologne Bonn Airport has recently renewed its Airport Operation Control Center (AOCC) with the support of Qvest. The airport employees can now plan, operate, and monitor all processes relating to flight operations, passengers, and cargo in real time. Qvest designed and installed the technical infrastructure.

The AOCC features 24 workstations as well as a 15-meter-wide video wall composed of 20 LED screens. All information relevant to airport operations, such as weather data or special airport apps, is displayed there.

A central component of the AOCC’s IT environment is the KVM system. Implemented by Qvest, this offers fail-safety for continuous operation and enables interaction between staff in the control center through switching in real time.

The solution implemented by Qvest offers flexibility and ease of use in addition to redundancy, according to corporate communication. This is ensured by the spatial separation of both the server and the workstation systems. The highly available KVM solution consists of two modular matrix switches, which connect the KVM signals of the computers and sources to the monitors and peripheral devices such as keyboard and mouse at all workstations. The arrangement of the sources at the monitors of the workstations can be assigned and configured as required. Due to the diverse, essential access options to the computers at different operator workstations in the AOCC, Qvest implemented the KVM matrix with an IHSE Draco tera enterprise system. Critical components are designed for hot swap. In addition, multiple signals are supported – such as KVM, USB 3.0 and SDI – and additional media controllers can be connected via an API.

Starting in December 2022, the Qvest team will conduct training sessions with the employees of the AOCC at Cologne Bonn Airport so that they are optimally trained for all new technical processes. Operation of the new AOCC is scheduled to start – initially in parallel with regular operations – in February 2023.

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