Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has set aside R1.2 billion to digitise the country’s airports, according to a recent article in ITWeb.
The announcement was made as the company released its financial results to 31 March.
- Profit fell by 58%, largely due to a 50% increase in security costs
- R287-million was spent on data centre and network upgrades in 2018/19
- The organisation says it has embarked on a five-year IT upgrade programme
- The board has set aside R1.2-billion in capital expenditure to spend on IT infrastructure
- Upgrades will focus on digitising local airports
- R301-million will be spent on IT network optimisation
- R142-million will go towards IT backup and storage solutions
- R240-million will be spent on improving and upgrading the company’s physical IT infrastructure
- Legacy equipment will be replaced
- Paperless travel will require it to tightly integrate its passenger processing systems with databases residing with the Department of Home Affairs and Department of Transport, as well as with other airlines
- Faster passenger processing will allow the retail component of the airport to generate more non-aeronautical revenue
- A new mobile application will allow customers and passengers to interact with airports remotely
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