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Airport: Passive Optical LAN (POL)

Fiber-based LAN infrastructure that saves costs and space and helps you deliver new revenue streams.

IT organizations at airports recognize that Industry 4.0 digital technologies will help airports improve passenger flows and revenues, reduce costs and evolve to greener operations. But continuing to expand today’s copper-based LANs to support new, bandwidth-intensive applications is not a sustainable approach. The costs, complexity and performance risks are simply too high.    

The Nokia Optical LAN solution overcomes the shortcomings in copper-based LANs to drive transformation to Airport 4.0 in a cost-effective way—today and for decades to come. Airports have a lightweight, yet resilient fiber-based passive optical LAN (POL) that:

  • Delivers massive bandwidth capacity in less space
  • Easily scales to support new and more demanding applications
  • Provides significant cost and environmental benefits compared to copper  

The solution features a simple, flat network architecture and a highly intuitive web-based network management environment—the Nokia POL Command Center. Even as you scale the network and add connection points throughout the airport, it’s fast and easy to securely roll out new services to serve client and partner needs and grow airport revenues. 

Use cases

The Nokia Optical LAN solution brings secure, reliable and extremely high-bandwidth connectivity to every aspect of airport and associated stakeholder operations, including:

Mission-critical airport operations   

  • Security, surveillance and authentication systems 
  • Critical communications systems
  • Gate operations
  • Ticketing and baggage systems
  • Phone, paging and digital signage systems

Airport services

  • Passenger Wi-Fi systems
  • Restaurants, bars and concessions 
  • Retail and personal service outlets 
  • Travel agencies
  • Ground transportation services
  • Money exchanges 

Fiber-based LANs deliver significant savings over similarly scaled copper-based LANs

50% lower

total cost of ownership

40% less

power consumption

4% less

floor space consumption

Benefits and features

With the Nokia Optical LAN solution, you’re ideally positioned to achieve financial, operational and environmental goals at airports:

Enhance operational efficiency and situational awareness

with a LAN that delivers 10 Gbps speeds to the devices, equipment and systems connected to it  

Increase application and service reliability

with 99.999% availability for network services throughout airport operations 

Increase service security

with passive fiber, advanced encryption and role- and resource-based access control 

Contribute to sustainability goals

with a LAN that lowers power consumption to reduce your carbon footprint  

Monetize LAN assets and improve the passenger experience

with a LAN that quickly and easily scales to support new airport businesses, applications and services 

Simplify IT operations

with an intuitive and automated LAN management environment  

Reduce capital and operating costs

with a single, simple LAN that requires less infrastructure, consumes less space, uses less power and is more reliable than traditional LAN infrastructures based on copper

Nokia Optical LAN in action    

We’ve been involved in a number of Optical LAN projects in the aviation industry, including greenfield and brownfield projects at airports, airport administration buildings and airport hotels. Changi Airport in Singapore is just one of our high-profile Optical LAN customers.  

“Using Nokia Optical LAN, we can deploy a highly cost-effective solution that will deliver greater reach than copper LAN technology while ensuring data security as Changi Airport expands capabilities.”
Jimmy Leow
Managing Director, Beaqon subsidiary TJ Systems

The adaptability of a passive optical LAN for airports

Airport security network topology with POL

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