Automated baggage handling system (BHS) supplier BEUMER Group has been awarded a contract for an ‘autover’ destination coded vehicle (DCV) baggage handling and transportation system, to be part of a major renovation to the BHS in Terminal 1 of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, France.
Awarded by prime contractor ALSTEF, the contract includes the integration of the group’s Graphical User Interface (GUI) which will provide a graphical, real-time overview of the system. In addition to 100% automation and control of the autover system, the BEUMER BeSS software suite will manage the storage of the empty ‘autoca’ DCVs and integrate with ALSTEF’s BAGWARE sort allocation computer (SAC) software which will assign destinations for each DCV.
Scheduled for completion in 2015, the integration will be carried out in two phases to enable terminal operations to operate with minimal disruption.
Nice’s system will comprise almost 150 individual, new-generation autoca, each of which will transport a single item of baggage to the airport’s standard three explosive detection screening process, then discharge it into one of nearly 60 destination outlets. Keeping each item on one autoca enables autover to increase track and trace, security, efficiency and system throughput.
The autover system has some of the industry’s smallest curve radii, meeting the airport’s requirements for a very compact footprint. It also includes a central maintenance area which will allow autoca to be repaired without impacting on its 24-hour operations.
Alongside ALSTEF, BEUMER Group has installed the autover system in a number of airports including Montreal and Gdansk.