ITS has won an order from Gatwick Airport to expand its current SCADA System at the South Terminal.
This new contract represents a further major contract for ITS at the UK’s second largest airport; ITS has previously been involved in all the prototyping, infrastructure setup and development for the current WinCC baggage handling SCADA system.
This South Terminal SCADA Project is an expansion to the existing baggage handling WinCC system at Gatwick. This phase will add mimics for 13 new areas to the existing South Terminal Baggage WinCC with over 1000 new objects plus other associated equipment to the South Terminal Baggage Handling System that will gather its data from a series of existing and new PLCs.
The four pairs of redundant WinCC SCADA servers and the pair of load balanced WinCC Web Navigator servers that the configuration will be installed upon are existing systems already configured and proven by ITS on site. The new functionality will be split into six installation phases to cover the 17 plant hardware installation phases.
Commonality in look and feel between the two terminals will be assured because of ITS’ existing experience and knowledge of the site, and the established effective working relationship with the Gatwick project team. The already agreed methodologies and philosophies will be used to ensure smooth working practices and high standards.
ITS has an existing SCADA development infrastructure set up in its offices to be able to replicate the site system, and rigorous system testing is assured because ITS has a large inventory of PLC hardware and PLC simulators compatible with the systems at Gatwick.
Gatwick opened in 1958 with one terminal (South). In that first year, just over 186,000 passengers passed through its doors, now around 34 million passengers use the two-terminal Gatwick (the North terminal opened in 1988).
Gatwick prides itself on delivering good customer service, publishing monthly league tables in the baggage reclaim hall and on its website, to show how each airline and their handling agent performs in meeting the target of delivering 99 per cent of last bags within 55 minutes of landing.