IBM and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) — operator of Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB/BLR Airport) has inked a ten-year partnership under which IBM and Kyndryl will be offering IT solutions to help create a new “Airport in a Box” platform that will support transforming the end-to-end travel experience for passengers at BLR Airport.
As one of the fastest-growing airports in the World, BLR Airport needed an alliance that could help increase its agility and operational flexibility to handle future growth in passenger traffic. Therefore, BIAL has selected IBM Global Business Services, IBM hybrid cloud capabilities and Kyndryl, the new, independent company that will be created following the separation of IBM’s Managed Infrastructure Services business, to design and implement a next-generation architecture with a dynamic delivery model.
IBM and BIAL will work to ensure that the platform supports BIAL’s commitment to sustainability and the community at large. BIAL recently achieved its goal of net energy neutral status in the financial year 2020-21, consuming energy from renewable sources.
Once the platform is fully operational and enhancing the travel experience for millions of airport passengers, IBM and BIAL plan to explore opportunities to advance the “Airport in a Box” platform as a cornerstone of innovation and transformation for the global travel and transportation industry.
“We are excited to partner with IBM as part of our vision to make BLR Airport the Smart Airport — a digitalized, seamlessly connected, intuitive airport,” said Hari Marar, MD & CEO, BIAL. “BLR Airport is a pioneer and leader of change in the Indian aviation industry. Our aim is to introduce more digitally advanced, innovative services and products at BIAL to ensure that the passengers and partners have the advantage of future forward technologies, in a seamless operating environment,” Marar added.
“This long-term project capitalizes on our proven ability to deliver a combination of advanced technologies and services that enable the world’s leading travel and transportation companies to innovate and transform their businesses,” said Mark Foster, Senior Vice President, IBM Services and IBM Global Business Services. “IBM Global Business Services and Kyndryl will apply our expertise in hybrid cloud and building business platforms to help BIAL innovate, improve its operational efficiency and deliver exceptional experiences to its growing passenger base.”
“We are proud to partner with BIAL in its digital transformation journey. BIAL has been a pioneer in adoption of cutting-edge technology for delivering enhanced value to its passengers & cargo partners,” said Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India. “With IBM and Kyndryl as the strategic partners, BIAL will be able to leverage the robust integration of best-in-class cloud & AI enabled solutions with deep industry & technology expertise.”