With an opening scheduled for 2026, Western Sydney Airport has engaged global ICT consulting firm DXC Technology and aviation partner Chavali Consulting as a master systems integrator.
Named after pioneering Australian aviator Nancy-Bird Walton, Western Sydney Airport is designed as the country’s first smart airport, slated to open in 2026 with an initial capacity of 10 million passengers per year.
âGoing into the construction of an entirely new airport is a unique opportunity that will allow us to bring the latest innovations to the airport and apply emerging technologies,â said Seelan Nayagam, president of DXC Technology for the Asia Pacific. âWe are not only looking forward to supporting this airport with cutting edge technology and forward thinking principles, but also to help build skills and create jobs for Greater Sydney. “
Together with its strategic aviation partner, Hong Kong-based boutique Chavali Consulting, DXC has been tasked with building the airport’s fundamental technology platforms for its opening and ongoing operations, which will include the integration of 60 different operational systems.
These systems, including cybersecurity and hosting platforms, will communicate with each other, DXC explains, providing fast and smooth travel for travelers. âDXC will work with us to determine what the opening of a digital airport will look like in 2026 and how we can integrate tomorrow’s technology to transform the customer experience and avoid the frustrations that can be encountered at other airports. Western Sydney Airport CEO said. Simon Hickey.
âThis is the technological framework that will ensure that Sydney’s new Global Gateway provides an incredible experience unmatched in Australia. “
In a press release, DXC said it will integrate a set of program accelerators that target rapid integration of airport systems, including the Aeronautical Test Center of Excellence that the company uses for other systems. airports around the world. The company also said it is also working with Western Sydney University to develop work preparation skills that will be critical to supporting the new airport and regional growth.
Located approximately 44 kilometers from the CBD, and with construction of the 1,780 hectare site starting in late 2018, the long-proposed airport aims to ease capacity constraints at Kingsford Smith in Sydney as demand for air travel continues to increase. Capable of accommodating 10 million passengers per year once completed, including through 24-hour operations, future stages of development could see this capacity increase to 82 million by the 2060s.
Several other consulting firms are working on the Western Sydney Airport launch (a $ 5 billion project), including Accenture, which was named a Master Technologist in the summer of 2020.