Airport's Common Use Model Relies on Modular Switches

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To implement the Common Use model, the GTAA needed a way to cost-effectively implement virtualization at the access layer using VLANs. The entire network was fully redundant to meet the airport's 24-hour operational requirements, so the access layer switches also had to support full redundancy. In addition, the GTAA wanted switching technology that would provide in-line power for more than 700 wireless access points and more than 1200 IP phones around the campus.


Cisco Catalyst 6500 switches in the wiring closet and throughout the network enable the convergence of data, voice, and video, and provide virtualization to support a Common Use environment.


The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) gained the following benefits:


  • Easy management of gate configuration, check-in counters, overhead flight displays, and IP phones for each tenant using MPLS
  • Forwards and backwards compatibility of Catalyst switches allows the GTAA to migrate to new technologies, like Power over Ethernet, quickly and easily
  • Complete upgrade of all Catalyst switch supervisors without disruption to operations
  • Increased revenue due to sale of IT services to airlines and tenants
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Feb 8, 2021
Jan 12, 2009
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