March saw the introduction of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC cMUSE, the next-gen Common Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) that is cloud-native.

Ottawa International Airport will be the launch customer for the new, re-architected service platform, and will enjoy enhanced efficiency and simplified support as a result.

Scott Boyle, director of IT at Ottawa International Airport said, "As an innovative airport, we constantly seek new technologies that enable us to provide quality, secure and affordable services to our airlines and passengers. The aviation industry is moving towards cloud-based services that offer a number of operational benefits. We selected ARINC cMUSE because it provides our airport with a platform that gives us the flexibility to accommodate our changing operational demands quickly and more efficiently."

ARINC cMUSE can be implemented either as a cloud, or an on-premise solution. Both options use the same technology, support tools and configuration, and the on-premise solution is ideal for airports that need local deployment of their systems. The automation technology also offers airlines the ability to deliver their own applications and technology independently of other airlines, directly to passengers.

Christopher Forrest, Rockwell Collins’ Airport Systems vice-president, recognises that airports require a solution to provide greater efficiency and a way to make better use of resources. He said, "Through ARINC cMUSE, airports can now enable innovation by letting airlines develop and deploy latest applications and services. This solution provides significant benefits to airports, regardless of size or existing infrastructure."

"The introduction of ARINC cMUSE is a key milestone in our strategy to provide airports with cloud-based solutions — from check-in and bag drop to security and boarding,’ Mr Forrest continued. ‘The entire ARINC airport systems portfolio, including our airport database, flight-information displays, resource and baggage-management solutions, and baggage messaging software are set to become cloud-native, delivering high-performance yet affordable computing power to airports."

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