Ready for Takeoff: NetMotion Enables Seamless Roaming for Airport the Size of a City
Leading international airport management company Fraport operates one of world’s busiest international transportation hubs, Frankfurt Airport. The site covers nearly 5,000 acres, sees nearly 60 million passengers a year and has the highest cargo traffic of all of Europe. The company recently came to NetMotion to solve widespread application and data access issues that were threatening the airport’s strict turnaround time limit of 45 minutes per aircraft. Namely, Fraport needed a connectivity solution for its mobile deployment of 600+ employees that could address roaming-related and delay-causing obstacles.
First, business applications running on mobile devices were unable to move seamlessly between networks, forcing workers to re-login and relaunch applications. Second, overlapping wireless coverage areas occasionally caused devices to switch from one Wi-Fi network to another, which also caused applications to quit. And third, when Wi-Fi was unavailable, devices would switch to the cellular network; however, applications didn’t handle the network change smoothly and would also cause applications to fail.
Fraport learned that by installing NetMotion Mobility® mobile VPN software on their Panasonic CF31 Toughbooks and G1 Toughpads they could ensure that devices stay connected to either Fraport’s Wi-Fi network or a private cellular data network, despite all of the airport’s challenging network conditions.
Right away, Mobility kept applications alive and stable through coverage gaps, as well as when users would suspend and resume their devices. Mobility improved application responsiveness, user productivity and even helped prevent data overages by optimizing and managing data transmissions across the cellular network.
Overall, Fraport is pleased with the productivity boost that reliable connectivity brings.
“We see NetMotion Mobility as an integral part of our mobile strategy. Since implementing NetMotion we have gone to zero trouble tickets related to application crashes or connectivity issues. NetMotion solved these problems.”
Fraport Solution Developer
Watch Fraport demonstrate the many ways NetMotion Mobility is utilized in different areas of the Frankfurt Airport.