Tech firm wins eight-year IT contract with Norwegian airport operator Avinor
Business technology firm Amor Group has secured a new eight-year IT contract with Norwegian airport operator Avinor.
The value of the contract has not been disclosed, though Amor said it will be worth “a value in the millions over the contract period”.
Inchinnan-based Amor will provide Avinor with its Chroma Airport Suite software to centralise the majority of Avinor's core airport operational systems at 45 of its airports into a single IT environment.
More than 20 million passengers and half a million plane aeroplanes move through Avinor airports each year.
Martin Bowman, transport sector director at Amor Group, said: “The pioneering new system will provide a consolidated, scalable and fully functional operational system to all of Avinor’s airports regardless of size.
“Avinor is demonstrating its forward thinking philosophy by adopting such a large scale multi-airport operational environment, building towards joined up airside and passenger processes across their entire airport network. There is no doubt others in the industry will be watching closely.”
Tore Weum, chief information officer at Avinor, added: “With air passenger numbers increasing year on year we have to ensure we continue to make the experience of using our airports as straightforward and enjoyable as possible.
“We wanted to standardise, simplify and realise greater operational efficiencies across our network of airports. This approach with Amor Group delivers that. It ensures we have an accurate overview of our entire operation and allows us to continue improving the experience for both our passengers and airlines.
“Amor is an expert in delivering the technology and insight required to operate both the airport and airport network of the future.”
Last September Amor signed a five-year contract to install the largest passenger tracking system in North America at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Amor is installing its Chroma ACDB product to monitor passenger wait times along with the world’s first commercial implementation of BluFi, which will be delivered by the BlipTrack element of Chroma ACDB.
BlipTrack is the first system in the world to track mobile phones, completely anonymously, through augmented Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections as passengers move through the airport.
Amor says this will provide airport managers with a clear picture of passenger wait times at key process points as well as providing passengers with live, automated wait time information as they move through the airport.
Amor Group acquired Manchester technology firm FS Walker Hughes in a multi-million pound deal in 2011 which brought FS Walker Hughes’ Chroma Suite of airport management software under the Amor banner.
Last April Amor Group reported a 35 per cent rise in revenues to £45 million for the 2011 year to December 31 and a five per cent rise in pre-tax profits to £4.95 million.
The group reported it had created 100 new jobs in the last financial year, taking its staff total to 569.