Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company announced that Columbus Regional Airport Authority (CRAA) is installing Gigabit Wi-Fi infrastructure from Aruba across the three airports – Port Columbus International Airport (CMH), Rickenbacker International Airport (LCK) and Bolton Field Airport (TZR).
The new network is currently operational at passenger-focused Port Columbus. Aruba said plans are underway to extend connectivity in 2016 to Bolton Field, a general aviation airport, and cargo-focused Rickenbacker.
The company also noted that CRAA is evaluating the Aruba Beacons and Meridian Mobile App Platform at Port Columbus to provide travelers with a location-aware mobile app for way finding, enhanced airport services and tenant marketing opportunities.
“As our passenger numbers continue to increase – up over five percent thus far this year – we have to accommodate the increased number and variety of devices, such as Apple watches, laptops and tablets, these passengers are bringing with them,” said Jim Lizotte, Director of Technology Services at CRAA.
“Wi-Fi is a critical customer satisfaction factor that our airports are measured by, so the wireless infrastructure is paramount to our success,” Lizotte added.
A second important driver for the network overhaul was CRAA’s movement to a mobile employee workforce, Lizotte said adding that things like disaster recovery and business continuity are crucial to an airport and rely heavily on the network infrastructure.
CRAA also employs its own police department that Lizotte expects will use the Wi-Fi for public safety applications including uploading video from police cruisers.
When fully deployed, CRAA will have 100 percent coverage within the terminal buildings of the airports and will extend coverage to outdoor arrival and departure areas, as well some of the adjacent airport grounds like parking lots.