Airports are becoming more and more technological and smarter. Since the pandemic, new tech and intelligent systems are necessary to offer easy and fast solutions for travelers. Kansas City is an example of this. Indeed, Kansas City Aviation Department is projecting a new single smart airport terminal. Accessibility and connectivity are the two keywords that can better describe this airport of the future.
This new project will be launched in 2023 and it is technologically advanced thanks also to the collaboration with Siemens and SITA. Indeed the 39-gate terminal will be provided with new systems for security, safety, and building automation. This is crucial for a new experience for enhancing passenger experience to an easier journey and in meanwhile it will abate maintenance costs.
A project like this is generational, It’s once every 50 to 70 years. My hope is that the users of the building feel like we saw them as we were working on this project, and that we recognized what their needs are now and what they’ll be in the future
Justin Meyer, deputy director of the Kansas City Aviation Department Systems
According to Dana Soukup, President of Solutions and Services for Region Americas, integrating new airport systems enables data sharing. Siemens’ Disego CC platform is creating a new network that will provide smarter services in video surveillance, multi-user flight information displays, and notification. Moreover, a new biometric scan system will provide passengers easier journey experience in fast checking. Indeed, they will board international flights using just their faces. All the information they need will be provided by new navigation systems.
Together, Siemens and SITA are providing the virtual and physical infrastructure that will ensure Kansas City International Airport’s New Terminal is equipped to deliver an exceptional journey for our passengers; one built on innovation, industry expertise and a true understanding of what travelers want today and into the future.Pat Klein, Kansas City‘s Director of Aviation
Since people’s needs are at the center of this new project, the airport will also provide restrooms and breastfeeding and changing rooms with tables. According to Missouri Independent, thanks to the new federal law of 2018, medium and large-sized airports should provide the location for mothers who are intended to feed their infants.
Then, it can be said that this could be a birth of a new generation of airports: more accessible and connected to the people’s needs.