Barcelona – El Prat Smart City Success Story

Managed by AENA, the world’s biggest airport operator with over 200 million passengers per year, Barcelona’s El Prat Airport is Spain’s second most important, after Madrid-Barajas. During 2012 it recorded traffic of a little over 35,145,000 passengers, 290,000 operations and 96,500 tonnes of cargo. After a far-reaching process to improve its facilities, comprising the construction of a new terminal and the reorganization of its existing systems, the proposal for Barcelona Airport was to structure a single control platform capable of integrating processes of very variable types (from facility systems – air conditioning, lighting, lifts – to power plants, security systems, beaconing, etc.) in a natural way. Together with this, the aim was to standardize the infrastructure control dynamics to make the process of connecting new facilities and services natural, both for this airport and for other AENA terminals.

Using Wonderware technology, Barcelona’s airport now has a new management environment in which all its processes are integrated in a single platform independent of the hardware or software with which they work. With the complete reliability of the processes guaranteed and full visibility of operations in real time, the new control architecture has also helped to reduce operating costs and improve processes and user services, as well as encouraging collaborative work between departments. Now, thanks to Wonderware’s modeling capabilities, AENA has managed to create airport models that allow it to standardize engineering work and naturally integrate new processes into the control environment.

AENA, Barcelona El Prat Airport Success Story