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Atos secures €12M contract with Aena to boost airport experience


French company Atos has partnered with Aena, the Spanish airport operator, to design enterprise applications that leverage artificial intelligence, biometrics for onboarding and restricting access, IoT and data analytics to upgrade passenger experience and make airport operations more efficient, the company announced.

Under the three-year €12 million (US$13.2 million) contract, Atos is committing to digitally transform Aena’s applications rolled out in 46 airports and heliports across Spain and the UK. Aena is also involved in managing 16 airports in Mexico, Colombia and Jamaica, and in the past three years it was responsible for over 743 million passengers that traveled through Spanish airports it operates.

In April, Aena began a collaboration with Air Europa on the year-long Menorca biometric boarding trial along with collaboration partners GroundForce, Everis Aerospace & Defence and Dormakaba.

Atos will be responsible with managing all applications and activities under the new partnership to ensure they run effectively. This will take up some 25 percent of tasks, while 75 percent will involve creating new applications. In time, these will be implemented across other airports. The contract can be extended for two years.

In October, Atos finalized the acquisition process of digital identity management infrastructure provider IDnomic to expand cybersecurity leadership and its solution portfolio toward digital identity and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solutions to protect digital identities of people, machines and smart devices.

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