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GHS-WEB: Airports International takes a look at GHS-WEB--the latest generation of the well-established GHS software family.

GHS-WEB is the name of the latest generation software from the well-established GHS (Ground Handling System) family. As with its predecessor, the core of this completely redesigned version is a central database, where all master data is captured and edited. Constantly changing operational details--such as SITA messages--are also imported from a wide range of external systems before being compiled in the database.

Attached to the database is an intelligent 'message broker' responsible for capturing and redistributing all the information that your company operations require.

This message broker is capable of reading a large variety of data formats and can also export information into customised or standardised formats for communication with external systems. This single-source approach ensures the consistency of the data quality and guarantees that all connected systems receive the information that they require.

Company-Wide Communications

A particular highlight of the new GHS generation is the development of web technology. The entire software is based on JAVA and the database, as well as all its applications, are installed on one central server. Any computer connected to the server, (whether via intra- or Internet) requires only a simple standard browser to access and operate the system's applications.

This multi-location and multi-client capability allows a company-wide use of the software--at all offices--with only one central installation. Another major advantage of the centralised software management is the fact that each operation carried out uses identical data, reducing the possibility of using out-of-date information. In addition, there is a sophisticated 'access rights' management tool that can be used to restrict access to 'unwanted visitors', not only at module level, but down to specific functions as well.

Custom-Tailored Software

Based around the central modules described above, it is possible to add other applications that cater for the specific requirements of your field of business. Some of the software modules available are:

* GHS-EONTRACT: Management of service and handling agreements

* GHS-BILLING: Billing of handling and special services

* GHS-FLIGHTS: Flight planning and management

* GHS-SITA: Message Interpretation and Distribution

* GHS-QUALITY: Quality assurance in accordance with service level agreements

* GHS-CASS: ULD management and invoicing

* GHS-RADAR: Capturing, evaluation and distribution of radar data

Connection to and data exchange with external systems--e.g. an alternative financial accounting system like ORACLE Finance or SAP--is also possible due to an integrated data editing module and the proprietary message broker.

Successful Applications

Several installations of GHS-WEB have been completed since its release in the spring of last year. Due to the system's modular structure, these vary considerably in size and scope according to the individual customer's needs. Dusseldorf was the first airport to be equipped with the new web-based technology. This pilot project included the new development of the GHS-CASS software module, which covers the entire ULD management--in line with AHM 8to regulations--From storage to redeployment, as well as the billing of storage time. Like all GHS products, it was developed in close co-operation with the airport staff who would actually use it; therefore guaranteeing it is designed to meet the user's exact requirements.

At Dusseldorf, the original installation has recently been expanded to include the GHS-SITA module, which supports the interpretation and distribution of SITA messages. The new module removes much of the laborious routine work that staff would otherwise undertake and achieves faster, more effective communications.

The second and most extensive project to date was the installation of GHS-WEB for a network of 13 Mexican airports managed by the operating company SACN. In addition to AODB and message broker, the modules for flight planning, contract management and billing have been successfully implemented here. The scope of the project was further enhanced by installations of additional modules by topsystem's long-standing partner company INFORM and the Mexican business solution provider Appteck. In a very co-operative joint venture, these modules were also integrated in SACN's new system structure.

One of the crucial factors for the choice of GHS-WEB on behalf of SACN was the system's multi-location capability, allowing the company not only to connect all its systems, but also to efficiently organise the task sharing between the central office in Monterrey and their out-stations.

Another major installation was carried out at Nuremberg airport for AirPart, a local provider of handling services and a cooperation partner of the major German company Aviation Handling Services Group (AHS). Airpart was equipped with a customised set of modules from GHSWEB, including AODB, message broker, contract management and service capturing, all of which have now been implemented. In the future, all other AHS stations will be equipped with the contract management software and hooked up to the company-wide system.

After the successful development and promising installations of GHS-WEB, topsystem is looking forward to future projects and further additions to the scope of modules available.
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Publication:Airports International
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Date:May 1, 2004
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