Jean Luc Devisscher
October 1, 2020

Malaysia Airports has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei Malaysia to support its digital transformation vision, as per the airport operator’s Airports 4.0 initiative.

Engineered by Malaysia Airports, Airports 4.0 initiative is the company’s digital transformation framework encompassing infrastructure enhancement, capacity development and digital innovation that aims to enhance terminal optimisation, operational efficiency, revenue generation and regulatory compliance, ultimately leading to enhanced customer experience. Based on the existing stage of the framework, the core focus of Airports 4.0 is enhancing connectivity and real-time information by connecting all stakeholders in one fully integrated digital ecosystem. At the core of the MoU is the ‘Joint Innovation on Fully Connected Airport Initiative’ project which aims to strengthen the accessibility and efficiency via digitalisation of airports operated by Malaysia Airports. Through this collaboration, Huawei will exploit its new ICT solutions and expertise to support efforts in accelerating digital transformation of the aviation industry.

The focus areas of the collaboration for ‘Joint Innovation on Fully Connected Airport’ Initiative includes the study of implementing next generation network architecture design to consolidate wired network in the airports, the possibility of Wi-Fi 6 technology, Digital Indoor Solution (DIS) 4G and future 5G technology use case in airports to improve passenger experience and operation efficiency.

It will also look into the feasibility of implementing suitable IoT solutions in respect to connectivity. Lastly, the collaboration aims to establish a fully integrated network communication managed platform to manage technology and integrated data to enable future big data analysis throughout the entire airport, further improving airport operation efficiency and reducing overall ICT costs.