Adelaide Airport upgrades access control system.

JOHNSON Controls has been selected as the pivotal technology partner to deliver a world-class HVAC control system (BMS), access control and security management platform for the Adelaide Airport services upgrade and terminal expansion project.

In an Australian first, Johnson Controls will install the highly sophisticated aviation-specific CEM AC2000 Airport access control system, a fully integrated security management platform together with the latest Metasys 10.0 building management system to Adelaide Airport and nearby Parafield Airport.

The expansion and service upgrade follow the addition of dual international and domestic terminals in 2005, which resulted in numerous awards, including being named the world’s second-best international airport. The next crucial stage of development involves Johnson Controls delivering a future focused technology platform with advanced systems that adhere to and support the stringent security, health and safety requirements of the aviation environment.

The project will require upgrading the existing BMS system and replacing the current access control platform, while rolling out these systems into the new terminal expansion, establishing a technology platform built upon a world-class, state of the art, airport facility. Johnson Controls was the chosen partner responsible for implementing the original Metasys BMS platform together with access control and CCTV systems at Adelaide Airport in 2005, and the company has undertaken ongoing maintenance for the dual terminal ever since.

Having built a long-standing relationship of trust and confidence, Johnson Controls has again demonstrated its capability to partner with Adelaide Airport and deliver a complete system that services the unique needs of the aviation environment. This includes the new Metasys 10.0, introduced to Australia in 2019, and designed to deliver more unified building management functionality with smarter building automation, faster responses to critical alarms and new integrations with fire detection, security and lighting systems – all with visibility from a single common interface.

Metasys has proven to be a robust and capable BMS platform since it was first implemented at the airport, with the latest release bringing further enhancements in integration capability, advanced diagnostics, sophisticated algorithms and an exceptional multi-platform user interface. The open platform is able to integrate both HVAC and non-HVAC systems making it possible to truly leverage data in the IoT world. The Metasys system is the preferred platform by major international airports including Nashville, Kansai, El Dorado, Dubai, Mumbai and Leonardo da Vinci.

In an environment where security is of paramount importance, the CEM AC2000 Airport platform provides a highly stable, reliable and resilient solution. Offering the only airport specific access control system designed to run Check-In Desk Enabling, Passenger Segregation and Air-bridge Control more cost and time effectively, the system has been used by the world’s leading airports for 25 years.

The AC2000 will provide high levels of integration, with one powerful command and control front-end for alarm management of multiple airport security systems; including access control, video, intrusion, fire, perimeter detection and much more. The system will be supported by the installation of CCTV within the terminal expansion. The powerful AC2000 system encompasses all the core software features with a host of additional functions that have been specifically designed for airports including card charging, authorisers, airport utilities and IATA code.

Adelaide will join the ranks of other international airports that have implemented CEM AC2000 Airport, such as Heathrow and Gatwick airports in the United Kingdom, as well as international airports in Hong Kong, Dubai, Vancouver and India. The Johnson Controls’ system upgrade to Adelaide Airport is expected to be completed in 2020, with finalisation of the terminal expansion project anticipated by 2021.

Named Australia’s best capital city airport in 2006, 2009 and 2011, Adelaide Airport services just over eight million passengers per year, making it the fifth-largest domestic and sixth-largest international airport in the country. The airport’s $165 million expansion will result in a longer terminal with more aircraft parking, additional boarding gates and shopping outlets. The major project also includes a services upgrade to Parafield Airport, the premier general aviation and international training airport.