Firstco Airport Communication & Control Systems, Engineering Services and Integration
Firstco has many years' experience in airport systems design, integration and technical consultancy. Over the last 14 years, the company has enjoyed rapid growth and is now recognized as a major player in key aviation infrastructure and control and communications systems projects. Their expertise is globally acclaimed, having recently undertaken projects at Dubai, Oman and Heathrow Airports to name a few, working to transform built environments into effective and efficient aviation hubs.
Firstco's team of engineers demonstrate great attention to detail and offer high level guidance on the development of world-class aviation facilities. Working with Firstco, the client can expect seamless integration with domestic teams.
The company is ready to supply strategic input from the project's earliest stages, even if plans for the proposed system are in their infancy. Firstco goes further than just providing technical expertise; they consider the critical aspects of the customer's business and their future operational necessities.
Airport Engineering Services
Firstco provides many Airport Engineering Services including strategy development, requirements capture and management, concept design, tender packages, technical assurance and interface management on behalf of the client.
Additionally, Firstco prides itself on ensuring that each project is fully integrated with the client's business i.e. their users/operation and their support departments (IT and Engineering). The successful handover is achieved by good interface management and clear communication lines with the clients or representatives.
Airport Communication and Control Systems
Firstco undertakes the planning, design and technical assurance of airport communication and control systems including:
- Cable and Space
- Fixed Voice
- Passenger Information
- Plant Control including SCADA and PLC
- Energy Metering
- Fire Alarm
- Lighting Control
- Access Control
These need to meet all the operational and back office requirements for the airport operators, control authorities, airlines and other third party users.
In new airport developments or large communication upgrade projects, these are designed to ensure that a common infrastructure is in place to meet these requirements. Common infrastructure solutions reduce the space required for containment, the number of communications rooms and the cost of installation and hardware. This also provides a single point of management of the service during its operation.
Airport Systems Integration
Any successful airport project requires a high level of integration which will depend on the scope, the size of the project and capability of suppliers. There are a number of key areas where airport systems integration is vital, with the main one being the operation of the terminal into the airport i.e. bringing together the operational processes, the facilities, the people and the integrated systems to complement one another.
To arrive at this point other areas of integration are:
- Between systems within the suppliers' scope
- Systems within the whole project i.e. a terminal building with various suppliers delivering different systems
- The whole terminal into the rest of the airport's systems so that it functions as part of the airport
Firstco is able to use knowledge and experience to reach these levels of integration to achieve the operational, budgetary and timescale requirements.
Firstco airport projects have included:
- Birmingham Airport
- Dubai Airport Terminal 3
- Heathrow Airport Terminal 2
- Heathrow Airport Terminal 5
- Heathrow Express
- Heathrow Express Control Room
- Heathrow Pod Network
- Jeddah Airport
- Muscat and Salalah Airports
- Stansted Terminal Extension