Nokia to provide optical LAN to Changi Airport

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Nokia, in collaboration with solutions integrator Beaqon Pte, is to deploy its passive optical local area network (POL) solution at Changi Airport, Singapore. The new network will support existing operations and enable new services to advance Changi Airport’s digital transformation. Nokia states that the optical LAN will be able to support existing CCTV operations as well as intelligent subsystems.

Stuart Hendry, head of enterprise for Asia-Pacific and Japan at Nokia, said, “Changi Airport has a clear mission to become the world’s leading digital air hub, transforming its operations efficiently and securely to deliver a seamless travel experience for passengers. This transformation to Airport 4.0 relies on secure and powerful networks that can connect thousands of devices. As a leader in passive optical network (PON) solutions, we are committed to leveraging fiber technology to offer enterprises a quicker and more cost-effective way to deploy LANs. We will partner closely with Beaqon as it transforms operations at Singapore Changi Airport.”

The optical LAN system leverages the tremendous bandwidth capabilities of fiber, which it is claimed will enable it to cover greater distances than copper LAN networks in a smaller footprint. Nokia notes that it also offers a flexible, scalable and sustainable way to connect applications, and address growing data demands while reducing capital and operational expenditure.

The network will use the Nokia PCC to simplify network monitoring and operations even as Changi Airport expands connectivity to thousands more sensors and devices as it introduces new digital capabilities. The network will use geo-redundancy to ensure data is secure and always available.

Jimmy Leow, managing director of TJ Systems, a subsidiary of Beaqon, said, “We are committed to providing the highest quality network solutions to our customers. Using Nokia Optical LAN, we can deploy a highly cost-effective solution that will deliver greater reach than copper LAN technology, while ensuring data security as Changi Airport expands capabilities.”

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