R&M and IGA roll out 6,000 km network at Istanbul New Airport

by News Desk   17 November, 2017
R&M and IGA roll out 6,000 km network at Istanbul New Airport

Istanbul new airport will be the first Tier-3 certificated and completely digital-first airport of the world.

R&M, the global Swiss developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, has started the delivery and implementation of a cutting-edge network cabling infrastructure for Istanbul New Airport. Istanbul New Airport will be constructed over an area 76.5 million square meters to the north of Istanbul which will be completed in four phases.

The first phase will be finalised in 2018 with the opening of two runways and a terminal with 90 million passenger capacity. Once complete, the new airport will host flying to more than 350 destinations with an annual passenger capacity up to 200 million. On completion of all four phases, Istanbul New Airport will have six active runways, 250 aircraft and parking facilities for 18,000 cars.

With the increased utilisation and dependence on IT systems in modern air travel, a high-performance cabling network is the critical platform for airport’s entire internal and external telecommunications plus other operational applications and services. Michel Riva, CEO of R&M, states that Istanbul New Airport is their biggest project in Turkey and one of the largest globally.

Michel Riva, CEO of R&M, states that Istanbul New Airport is their biggest project in Turkey and one of the largest globally.

On completion of the first phase, R&M will have supplied a total length of 4,500kms of copper and over 1,600kms of fibre-optic cables. Leveraging its extensive expertise in large-scale projects for the aviation sector, the manufacturer aims to finish the installation of the cabling infrastructure by first quarter of 2018.

This high-performance cabling network will connect and support the key airport systems including its ICT infrastructure for security, police and customs. Each of these systems has required customisation of the cabling including specific color coding. In total, the number of installed RJ45 ports will exceed already 90,000 in the first phase of the project.

IGA, the company building the new airport, has designed its mission-critical datacentre infrastructure with R&M’s latest products including Netscale, the world’s highest-density fibre cable management solution. Given the immense scale of the airport, R&M has also supplied its flagship automated infrastructure management solution, R&MinteliPhy, which centralises and automates the entire cabling infrastructure. This greatly simplifies management and will allow IGA’s IT team to rapidly and conveniently scale the network as needed.

Riva commented that Istanbul New Airport has given the company a tremendous opportunity to deliver their innovative solutions. In total, 45 different R&M products were selected for this project. R&M assigned a dedicated specialist team to be present on-site throughout the deployment of the solutions.

“We are committed to deliver the highest Swiss quality. Cabling infrastructure typically features 20-year refresh cycles, so the reliability of the network is extremely dependent on quality tested products. For a 24-hours business as the Istanbul airport highest reliability is essential as any downtime can significantly impact operations and passengers.”

As a testimony to this quality, R&M will offer its 25-year R&Mfreenet systems warranty on the cabling infrastructure deployed at the new airport.

Explaining his decision to select R&M for the project, Ersin Inankul, CIO at IGA, underlines that Istanbul New Airport will be the largest on the world. The new airport will be the first Tier-3 certificated and completely digital-first airport of the world.

“We are developing lots of innovative solutions and our airport will be a technological benchmark. We started our work with the cabling as it is the basis for all the running infrastructure. The announcement system, fire alarms, cameras, card access systems, flight management, ATC systems will run on R&M’s fire-resistant copper cables.”

Inankul mentioned that the elimination of signal interference through the transmission and high-performance of the cabling are critical areas wherein the quality of R&M’s cabling is a key benefit.

“We did not have any problems at the tests we had done at R&M’s labs at its headquarters in Switzerland, or in our tests in the field. We can therefore run 9,000 CCTV cameras and 3,000 card access sockets on R&M’s cabling system in real-time with confidence that they will be protected against any transmission interference or loss,” he says.

The CIO of IGA also appreciates the incredible support he and his team received from R&M through the entire engagement saying, “They understood our needs and customised their solution according to these. This is the biggest advantage for us as it separates them from the other cabling vendors. Availability, security, modularity, flexibility, capacity and cost-effectiveness have also all been key reasons why our project team choose R&M’s solutions for the project.”


Project snapshot

  • On completion of the first phase, R&M will have supplied a total length of 4,500kms of copper and over 1,600kms of fibre-optic cables
  • R&M aims to finish the installation of the cabling infrastructure by first quarter of 2018
  • The high-performance cabling network will connect key airport systems including ICT infrastructure for security, police and customs
  • In total, the number of installed RJ45 ports will exceed already 90,000 in the first phase of the project,
  • IGA has designed the datacentre infrastructure with R&M’s Netscale, the world’s highest-density fibre cable management solution
  • R&M has also supplied its flagship automated infrastructure management solution, R&MinteliPhy, which centralises and automates the entire cabling infrastructure
  • 45 different R&M products were selected for this project in total
  • R&M assigned a dedicated specialist team to be present on-site throughout the deployment of the solution
  • R&M will offer its 25-year R&Mfreenet systems warranty on the cabling infrastructure deployed at the new airport
  • Istanbul new airport will be the first Tier-3 certificated and completely digital-first airport of the world
  • Announcement system, fire alarms, cameras, card access systems, flight management, ATC systems will run on R&M’s fire-resistant copper cables
  • 9,000 CCTV cameras and 3,000 card access sockets can be run on R&M’s cabling system in real-time with confidence they will be protected against any transmission interference or loss
  • Availability, security, modularity, flexibility, capacity, cost-effectiveness are reasons why the project team choose R&M for the project

 


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