Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian airport operator Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) to drive the digital transformation of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
The declaration sets forth the framework for developments in a number of areas, including the digitization of existing infrastructure using Internet of Things (IoT) applications. These will be managed and coordinated by MindSphere, SPPAL’s open cloud-based IoT operating system.
Michael Reichle, CEO of SPPAL, said, “In developing digital solutions, Siemens increasingly relies on agile, collaborative working relationships with customers and partners. We’ve been cooperating closely with BIAL for several years and I’m looking forward to further developing its digital services.”
Hari Marar, managing director and CEO of BIAL, said, “Our aim is to introduce more digitally advanced, innovative services and products at Bengaluru Airport to ensure that passengers and partners have the advantage of forward thinking technologies, in a seamless operating environment.
“Siemens has always worked closely with BIAL as both investor and technology partner. With the signing of the MoU for digitalization, we are once again gearing up for a leading position in India together with SPPAL.”
One of the aims of the collaboration between Siemens and BIAL is the standardized, secure real-time exchange of quality-assured data. The measure is designed to increase transparency and thus improve processes between the various stakeholders at the airport.
A further aspect involves the implementation of innovative service methods for the baggage-handling system installed by Siemens, such as predictive maintenance.
To further expand its digital portfolio, SPPAL has recently opened a new MindSphere Application Center (MAC) in Dubai, UAE, which will be used to develop future-oriented analytics and IoT solutions for airports, airlines, freight service providers and ground handling services.