R&M Begins Roll Out Of Services For World’s Largest Airport

R&M will provide connectivity for the world's largest airport

Connectivity for the World’s Largest Airport, İstanbul New Airport, will use Swiss developer R&M’s cabling infrastructure as a high performance platform for its mission critical IT systems.

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 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 support more than 350 destinations with an annual passenger capacity up to 200 million.

On completion of all four phases, the 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 of course critical for the airport’s entire internal and external telecommunications plus other operational applications and services. Michel Riva, CEO of R&M, states that İstanbul New Airport is its 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 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. The 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 colour coding. In total, the number of installed RJ45 ports will exceed already 90,000 in the first phase of the project.

Flying high

İGA, the company building the new airport, has designed its mission-critical data centre infrastructure with R&M’s latest products including Netscale, described as the world’s highest-density fibre cable management solution. Given the scale of the airport, R&M has also supplied its flagship automated infrastructure management solution, R&MinteliPhy, which centralises and automates the whole cabling infrastructure, simplifying management and allowing İGA’s IT team to scale the network as needed.

In total, 45 different R&M products were selected for this project and the company assigned a dedicated specialist team to be present on-site throughout the deployment of the solutions.

Michel explains: “We have more than 50 years of experience in the ICT market. Mega-projects such as at the İstanbul New Airport give us the opportunity to create real added value by developing customised products meeting the specific needs of the customer.

“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.” R&M will offer its 25-year R&Mfreenet systems warranty on the cabling infrastructure deployed at the new airport.

Ersin İnankul, CIO, İGA (left) and Michel Riva, CEO, R&M (right)
Ersin İnankul, CIO, İGA (left) and Michel Riva, CEO, R&M (right)

Key Selection Criteria for Cabling Partner

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

Ersin says: “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.”

The airport also says 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.

Ersin says: “We didn’t 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.”

The CIO of İGA also appreciates the 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.”

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