Vanderlande Forms Strategic IT Partnership With Stansted Airport


Veghel, 23 April 2015 – Vanderlande Industries UK Ltd (Vanderlande) has been awarded a long-term contract to provide strategic IT development and support at Stansted Airport by the Manchester Airport Group (M.A.G). The wholly owned subsidiary of the global market leader in baggage handling systems will design, build and implement a new high-level control system, and then manage the accompanying life-cycle support package until at least 2020.

Intelligent Software Control System

Vanderlande Forms Strategic IT Partnership With Stansted Airport

The new system will be operational at Stansted Airport during the fourth quarter of 2015 and incorporate Vanderlande’s baggage sortation allocation computer (SAC) and intelligent supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software. It will control the operation at the core of a baggage handling system – to manage the way in which luggage is directed to the appropriate flight – as well as monitoring and reporting on the overall performance.

The integrated SAC and SCADA package was selected by MAG as the strongest technical solution for the specific requirements at Stansted Airport. It will include three modules from Vanderlande’s baggage execution software system VIBES – VIBES.SAC, VIBES.SCADA and VIBES.BPI (business process intelligence) – developed by the company’s 300-strong in-house software team. These have already been implemented at more than 50 airports worldwide, and provide a tried-and-tested solution to eliminate the need for any modifications after installation.

Baggage Handling System

In addition to the supply of this intelligent software, Vanderlande will provide a minimum five-year life- cycle support programme for the baggage handling system. Stansted Airport will benefit from the company’s world-class 24/7 baggage IT-support service – provided by its global customer service centre – and flexible on-site support supplied by its mobile service team.

Stansted’s IT Project Manager Anthea Kubiczyn says: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Vanderlande, which has a strong technical and commercial proposition to meet our current and future needs. Stansted is the third largest airport in London and currently the fastest growing major airport in the UK, serving more than 20 million passengers and over 200,000 tonnes of cargo a year, and we look forward to working with Vanderlande to support our future operational needs.”

Filipe Ferreira, Head of IT and Systems at Vanderlande in the UK adds: “We are very excited to be forging this long-term partnership with the Manchester Airport Group. It is an opportunity for us to prove once more that Vanderlande provides an exceptionally high level of service and a solution to manage Stansted’s baggage handling system at an elevated level of efficiency and transparency.”

Company profile of Vanderlande
Vanderlande is the global market leader in baggage handling systems for airports, and sorting systems for parcel and postal services. The company is also a leading supplier of warehouse automation solutions.

Vanderlande’s baggage handling systems move 3.2 billion pieces of luggage around the world per year, in other words 8.8 million per day. Its systems are active in 600 airports including 17 of the world’s top 25. More than 20 million parcels (300 packages per second) are sorted by its systems every day. These have been installed for a variety of customers including the four largest parcel and postal companies in the world. In addition, 12 of Europe’s top 20 e-commerce companies and many distribution firms have confidence in Vanderlande’s efficient and reliable solutions.

The company focuses on the optimisation of its customers’ business processes and competitive positions. Through close cooperation, it strives for the improvement of their operational activities and the expansion of their logistical achievements. Vanderlande’s extensive portfolio of integrated solutions – innovative systems, intelligent software and life-cycle services – results in the realisation of fast, reliable and efficient automation technology.

Established in 1949, Vanderlande has more than 3,300 employees, all committed to moving its customers’ businesses forward at diverse locations on every continent. With a consistently increasing turnover of more than one billion euros, it has established a global reputation over the past six decades as a highly reliable partner for value-added automated material handling solutions.

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