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Longreach Airport, Queensland Longreach Airport, Queensland

Queensland’s Longreach Airport has deployed a data centre solution from power management solutions company Vertiv to help deal with the region’s environmental challenges, including wildlife intrusion and extreme temperatures.

Vertiv has deployed its Smartcabinet solution at the airport and the enclosed, mobile data centre with remote central monitoring running systems including CCTV, access control and connections to corporate systems across the airport.  

The company says the installation removes the requirement for staff to sweep the server room for bugs and restart systems daily.

Located 700 kilometres from the coast, Longreach Airport serves more than 3000 passengers every month and is a hub for travellers seeking the outback experience in western Queensland. The town is one of Australia’s oldest aviation hubs and the airport was one of the founding centres for Qantas.

Longreach Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill said the Vertiv SmartCabinet had answered some of the toughest questions the environment asks of the regional airport team.  

“Our systems are now operating well, even during the summer’s most extreme temperatures,” he said.

“As a small regional airport, the airport team is small in size, but procedures around check-in, security, departure, baggage, and everything else, are the same as in larger airports. It is vital technology doesn’t get in the way and instead enables staff and makes them more effective and mobile.”

Bugs, including crickets and grasshoppers, are common in the region, with the worst locust plague Longreach had experienced in 30 years occurring in 2010. These bugs can creep into IT systems and cause them to crash, forcing the airport to sweep them out every two months. The Vertiv SmartCabinet’s enclosed and secure design now prevents this from happening.

The area also suffers from extreme temperatures that can see highs of more than 45 degrees and lows below zero, putting pressure on IT systems and previously forcing the airport to constantly replace its key IT infrastructure and restart systems daily. Outages have the potential to delay flights and require regular early starts for the airport’s staff.

The airport has now increased its focus on IoT, opening its data to universities and industry to trial initiatives in areas such as video analytics, and then sharing results with the local community.

Vertiv says the Queensland Airports Limited team is also looking at how energy monitoring can be improved across its regional airports, adding to solar panel systems already in place in Longreach and Mount Isa.


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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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