Under a 10-year agreement, IBM will develop an Airport in a Box platform


Bangalore International Airport to use the services of IBM for its digital and IT transformation. (Credit: Flyingant189/Wikipedia.org)

IBM has been selected by Bangalore International Airport (BIAL), the operator of Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (BLR Airport) in India, for its digital and IT transformation.

Under a 10-year agreement, IBM and Kyndryl will develop a new platform called Airport in a Box for the airport operator. The platform will help in transforming the end-to-end travel experience for passengers at the international airport in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

According to IBM, the BLR Airport requires an agile, scalable, and cost-competitive technology and operations to cope up with future growth in passenger traffic.

For this, the airport’s operator selected IBM Global Business Services, IBM hybrid cloud capabilities, and Kyndryl for designing and implementing a next-generation architecture with a strong and dynamic delivery model.

Kyndryl will be a spin-off company of IBM, which will be created by separating its managed infrastructure services business.

Apart from enabling a seamless travel experience for passengers, the Airport in a Box platform will help BIAL to boost employee productivity. It will also enable the airport operator to better leverage its IT assets, bring down costs by optimising inventory control and improving incident management.

IBM services and IBM global business services senior vice president Mark Foster said: “This long-term project capitalises on our proven ability to deliver a combination of advanced technologies and services that enable the world’s leading travel and transportation companies to innovate and transform their businesses.

“IBM Global Business Services and Kyndryl will apply our expertise in hybrid cloud and building business platforms to help BIAL innovate, improve its operational efficiency and deliver exceptional experiences to its growing passenger base.”

The Airport in a Box platform will be supported by a comprehensive set of IBM’s technology and services by implementing an open hybrid cloud approach.

Supported by Red Hat Ansible Automation, the platform will also provide artificial intelligence (AI) powered insights from IBM Maximo enterprise asset management technology. The insights will help in streamlining inventory management as well as the total cost of ownership.

BIAL MD and CEO Hari Marar said: “We are excited to partner with IBM as part of our vision to make BLR Airport the Smart Airport– a digitalised, seamlessly connected, intuitive airport.

“BLR Airport is a pioneer and leader of change in the Indian aviation industry. Our aim is to introduce more digitally advanced, innovative services and products at BIAL to ensure that the passengers and partners have the advantage of future forward technologies, in a seamless operating environment.”

Earlier this week, IBM reported that its net income for the second quarter of 2021 was $1.32bn, while the total revenue was $18.74bn.