BEUMER Group UK and Crisplant have been awarded a baggage handling IT project for London-Heathrow Airport’s flagship Eastern Campus Development programme, which involves the redevelopment of Terminal 2 as well as eventual integration with Terminal 1.
The contract includes the upgrade of high-level controls for the baggage handling systems in T1 and T2 to create a single, integrated baggage facility. This will enable the T1 baggage handling system to provide all screening, sorting, storage and transfer processes as an integral part of the new T2 end-to-end baggage process.
Awarded by Mace Ltd, the project also includes a replacement core Sort Allocation Computer (SAC) to upgrade the existing SAC systems for T1, T2 and T4. The new computer will feature baggage flow monitoring (including transfers) to improve processing efficiency.
Additionally, a System Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system will be installed in the new T2 facility. This software will support changes in terminal design and provide a graphic overview of the entire baggage handling system, including an operational visualisation with a colour-coded status for each process.
Crisplant Sorter Controls (CSC) will provide high-level control for Heathrow’s legacy Crisplant sorters, keeping track of the baggage items on the sorters and within the associated Early Baggage Storage (EBS) lines, in addition to managing data from baggage tags, screening results and sort positions.