The 1.5-million-sq-ft airport opened in 1934 and is comprised of three terminals and aircraft facilities. Most recently, the airport expanded Terminal Two by roughly 20%, to nearly 500,000 sq ft. "The airport was happy with their building system, but was looking to the future," explained Adam Guzik, president of Quark Communications Inc. "I think the airport was ready to explore newer technologies," he said. By deploying a LonWorks system, the airport could keep its existing Siemens (New York) system and realize substantial new benefits.
According to Guzik, there was no way of putting in new wiring due to the cost, distance, and the amount of traffic in the area. "However, we found that there was an existing computer network connecting with the remote central plant with fiber lines," said Guzik. Since the airport had chosen a LonWorks system, they could simply use the existing Ethernet connection at the plant. Just like that, the system was connected - no jackhammers, no construction signs, no traffic problems, and no new conduit.