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First phase of Frankfurt Airport project successfully implemented

Basis now in place for establishing the new security system

(PresseBox) (Stetten am kalten Markt / Frankfurt, ) For several months, detailed and meticulous planning, testing and optimising has been going on almost round the clock. And as a result, Fraport AG has now been able to replace the Credential Management System in use at Frankfurt Airport with the new system from primion Technology AG. Currently, new airport ID badges for some 80,000 persons are being created and exchanged for the existing ones. To this can be added around a further 700,000 visitor badges per year.

Fraport AG is the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, one of the world's most important air transportation hubs. Fraport is one of the leading international companies in the airport business and in addition to covering the full range of airport services Fraport AG is a competent partner in airport retailing and real-estate development. As a full-service provider in the airport management field, Fraport AG is active globally on four continents through investments and subsidiaries.

As part of a public tender, Fraport awarded the contract to primion to supply a new integrated network system consisting of Credential Management, Access Control, Time Recording and Gate Access at the end of 2008.

The first phase of the project was to create a comprehensive concept for the development and migration of the existing, highly complex Credential Management system in partnership with the committed and motivated members of the Fraport AG Project Team. Particular attention had to be given to the multiplicity of interfaces that the Credential Management System has to serve. This also included interfaces to the existing Access Control system, which has to continue to be supplied with credential data until its replacement by the prime WebSystems software from primion.

From the start, the new system administers some 154,000 permanent credentials, 268,000 persons as well as 16,500 external company and organisation units, together with their historical data. Within just the first two days, 3,500 Visitor badges were created and issued.

The primary goal for Fraport was to bring the IT systems up to the latest standards in terms of security. As well as requiring a renewal of the central management systems, this also called for the replacement of all the door and gate access control readers as well as the time recording terminals, across the complete airport site.

Currently, new hybrid airport ID badges for some 80,000 persons are being created by Fraport and exchanged for the existing magnetic stripe cards. Once all the card readers have been upgraded to units with the new, high-security RFID technology, the previously used hybrid-cards with magnetic stripes will be replaced by the more economical, purely RFID cards.

The successful introduction of the central Credential Management software provides the basis for the next phase of this major project: the introduction of Time Recording, Access Control and the Gate Access System. A further milestone should be reached in the near future, when the new Time Recording system is taken into service. At the same time, new Time Recording terminals employing the same proximity reading technology will be installed.

Shortly after that, the new Access Control system should also be rolled out. Swapping out the technology in around 900 switching cabinets and over 700 different rooms will be a complex task for all involved.


As the final stage of the current project, the previous Multi-Access Control System (MACS), which controls the processes at the gates, is to be replaced by a new, modern Gate Access System (GAS), during a further roll-out phase. This represents a major challenge, both in terms of taking over the complex body of rules and regulations that handles gate control and in the replacement of all the terminal devices at the gates. Over 600 Gate Management Terminals (GMT) has to be replaced in the most security-critical areas, while the system continues to operate.

For Fraport AG, these measures mean a further optimisation of the professional security technology deployed at Frankfurt Airport.