Istanbul New Airport will be constructed over an area of 76.5 million square meters to the north of Istanbul and will be completed in four phases. The first phase will be finalized in 2018 with the opening of two runways and a terminal with a 90 million passenger capacity. Once complete, the new airport will host flights to more than 350 destinations with an annual passenger capacity of up to 200 million. On completion of all four phases, Istanbul New Airport will have six active runways, 250 aircraft and parking facilities for 18,000 cars.

Yusuf Akcayoglu, CEO IGA, and Michel Riva, CEO R&M

With the increased utilization and dependence on IT systems in modern air travel, a high-performance cabling network is the critical platform for airports’ entire internal and external telecommunications plus other operational applications and services. The quality and reliability of the products were crucial reasons for choosing the R&M solution.

On completion of the first phase, R&M will have supplied a total length of 4,500 km of copper and over 1,600 km of fiber-optic cables as well as more than 90,000 RJ45 ports. Leveraging its extensive expertise in large-scale projects for the aviation sector, R&M aims to finish the installation of the cabling infrastructure by the first quarter of 2018. This network will connect and support the key airport systems. Each of the systems has required customization of the cabling including specific color coding.

Istanbul Grand Airport Construction (IGA), the company building the new airport, has already designed its mission-critical data center infrastructure with R&M’s latest and most innovative products. This includes the high-density fiber platform Netscale and the automated infrastructure management solution R&MinteliPhy. This greatly simplifies management and will allow IGA’s IT team to rapidly and conveniently scale the network as needed.

R&M assigned a dedicated specialist team to be present on-site throughout the deployment of the solutions. By developing specific products and product modifications according to the requirements of the project, R&M can provide the customer with added value. The cabling is designed for a lifetime of 25 years and unconditional reliability. As a testimony to this quality, R&M is offering its 25-year R&Mfreenet systems warranty on the cabling infrastructure deployed at the new airport.

Decisive criteria

Explaining his decision to select R&M for the project, Ersin Inankul, CIO at IGA, underlines that Istanbul New Airport will be the largest in the world. The new airport will be the first TIER 3 certified and completely digital-first airport of the world. «We are developing lots of innovative solutions and our airport will be a technological benchmark. We started our work with the cabling as it is the basis for all the running infrastructure. The announcement system, fire alarms, cameras, card access systems, flight management, ATC systems will run on R&M’s fire-resistant copper cables.»

The R&M specialists understand our needs and customize their solutions according to these. This is the biggest advantage for us as it separates them from the other cabling vendors.

Ersin Inankul, CIO Istanbul Grand Airport Construction (IGA)

Ersin Inankul mentioned that the elimination of signal interference through the transmission and high-performance of the cabling are critical areas wherein the quality of R&M’s cabling is a key benefit. «We didn’t have any problems in the tests we carried out at R&M’s labs at its Headquarters in Switzerland, or in our tests in the field. We can therefore run 9,000 CCTV cameras and 3,000 card access sockets on R&M’s cabling system in real time with confidence that they will be protected against any transmission interference or loss.»

The CIO of IGA also appreciates the incredible support he and his team received from R&M through the entire engagement, saying: «They understand our needs and customize their solutions according to these. This is the biggest advantage for us as it separates them from the other cabling vendors. Availability, security, modularity, flexibility, capacity and cost-effectiveness were also all key reasons why our project team chose R&M’s solutions for the project.»