Honeywell smart technologies to enhance operations at Addis Ababa airport

Honeywell, a leader in connected airports, has been selected by Ethiopian Airports as the sole provider of low-voltage terminal-side solutions for Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The contract award is part of a major airport expansion project that aims to bring new levels of comfort, efficiency and security to the growing number of passengers travelling through the East Africa region each year.

Under the engagement, Honeywell will provide a range of hardware and software-based systems aimed at harnessing the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) and helping to streamline operations by connecting new and existing security, fire, access control and CCTV systems across the airport’s existing Terminal 2 and soon-to-be completed Terminal 2 expansion. The suite of technologies seeks to enable terminal building operators to more proactively monitor and manage risks, reduce the impact of localized alerts on wider airport operations, and obtain a broader view of airport security to promote efficient operations and a smoother, more secure passenger experience.

The project work includes the installation of Honeywell Enterprise Buildings Integrator (EBI), an award-winning building management system that integrates security, comfort, life-safety and energy control systems, providing airport operators with a single point of access and consistent view of information and resources so they can more easily monitor, manage and protect the airport and its occupants.

 “Many airports around the globe like Bole International are seeing dramatic increases in traffic, and while this is making the world more connected, it also increases the complexity of providing efficient and reliable airport operations. By utilizing our combination of IoT-based hardware and software, Honeywell is helping make fast-growth airports like Bole smarter and more efficient,” said Sean Smith Honeywell President for Africa. “Our EBI system sits at the core of this solution, turning data from the vast number of technologies across the airport terminal into real-time, actionable business insights that help to improve decision-making, reduce cost, minimize disruption, increase security and promote a more positive passenger airport experience.”

“This project marks the latest milestone in a long-standing relationship with Honeywell and its delivery of innovative technologies that are helping to keep us running smoothly,” said Tewdros Dawit, CEO of Ethiopian Airports. “Through our expansion project at Bole International we are creating one of Africa’s smartest and most innovative air travel hubs, which will utilize a range of technologies such as those from Honeywell to increase our capacity and meet the evolving needs of our airlines and their passengers.”

Bole International Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in Africa. In addition to being the global hub for Ethiopian Airlines— Africa’s largest airline with a large fleet of modern, advanced aircraft including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner — it is also the home of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, one of the world’s top aviation training centers. The expansion project at Bole International will enable the airport to handle up to 25 million passengers per annum, almost triple its current capacity.

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