Rittal and ABB are ensuring IT efficiency at expanded Croatian airport

  • New data centre for Dubrovnik Airport from Rittal and additional partners
  • Fail-safe IT systems for checking in and baggage distribution around the clock
  • High-availability IT for over 3.5 million passengers in Dubrovnik, starting in 2019

Croatia has become a popular destination and passenger traffic at Dubrovnik Airport is constantly increasing. In the context of the airport’s expansion, in 2016 Rittal took on the task of general contractor to build a new data centre that has been fully operational since 2018. This means that the airport operator continues to be able to offer passengers the greatest possible comfort in and around the check-in, using rapid IT systems. Croatia’s largest airport terminal is to be completed at Dubrovnik as early as 2019 and with an annual capacity of around 3.5 million passengers.

“More and more people are visiting Croatia and entering the country through our airport,” says Tomislav Macan, Maintenance and Development Manager at Dubrovnik Airport. “That’s why we have expanded the airport and have installed a new data centre. This was achieved very efficiently and professionally with the aid of the services provided by Rittal and partners,” Macan continued.


High availability for the IT systems was a top priority when designing the new data centre. After all, a breakdown can bring the airport operations to a standstill. Consequently, the central components of the IT infrastructure designed as redundant, so that if there is a defect, the replacement systems can take over immediately. Project partner ABB protects the power supply with a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system.

“Within a critical infrastructure, the energy supply is a sensitive issue, and a failure of the IT would make operation in the terminal difficult straight away. The solution from Rittal and ABB ensures that the airport operator has security; the IT systems can operate even in the event of power fluctuations or brief power outages,” says Kevin Bickerstaffe, Global Sales Manager, ABB.

“With the current project in Croatia, we have proven once again that we have an international and efficient organisation. Along with global partners such as ABB and regional service providers, we are thus in a position to implement challenging IT projects ranging from planning to operation,” says Andreas Keiger, Executive Vice President Business Unit IT, Rittal.

Extensive monitoring ensures ongoing operation

The Rittal CMC III monitoring solution oversees the infrastructure in the data centre, enabling IT experts to quickly recognise any deviations from regular operation and so respond before the system comes to a complete halt. The monitoring solution is connected to the building’s central monitoring system, so that the operators of the IT can see the status of the entire system at a glance.

Besides this, Rittal TS IT racks are used in the data centre; this supports the fast and efficient set-up of the IT infrastructure as all the components are standardised. The IT racks are installed in a security room specially developed by Rittal, which offers maximum physical protection against external access or fire. Access control ensures that only authorised persons can enter, while an early fire detection system issues a prompt warning in the event of a dangerous fire developing.

About ABB

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

Über die Rittal GmbH & Co. KG

Rittal, headquartered in Herborn, Germany, is a leading global provider of solutions for industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control and IT infrastructure, as well as software and services. Systems made by Rittal can be found in more than 90 percent of all global branches of industry, including mechanical and plant engineering, food and beverage production and in IT and telecommunications.

The wide range of products from the global market leader includes configurable enclosures, whose data is available throughout the entire production process. Intelligent Rittal cooling solutions with up to 75 percent lower energy and CO2 consumption can communicate with the production environment and enable predictive maintenance and service concepts. Innovative IT solutions ranging from IT racks and modular data centres through to edge and hyperscale computing solutions all form part of the portfolio.

Leading software providers Eplan and Cideon complement the value chain, providing interdisciplinary engineering solutions, while Rittal Automation Systems offer automation systems for switchgear engineering. Rittal delivers within 24 hours in Germany – precisely as needed, flexibly and efficiently.

Founded in Herborn in 1961, Rittal is the largest member company in the owner-operated Friedhelm Loh Group. The Friedhelm Loh Group operates worldwide with 18 production sites and 80 international subsidiaries. The entire group employs 11,500 people and generated revenues of around €2.5 billion in 2017. In 2018, the family-run business was named one of Germany’s leading employers by the Top Employers Institute, for the tenth year running. Within the scope of a Germany-wide survey, Focus Money magazine identified the Friedhelm Loh Group as one of the nation’s best providers of vocational training for the third time in 2018.

For more information, visit www.rittal.com and www.friedhelm-loh-group.com.

Firmenkontakt und Herausgeber der Meldung:

Rittal GmbH & Co. KG
Auf dem Stützelberg
35745 Herborn
Telefon: +49 (2772) 505-0
Telefax: +49 (2772) 505-2319
http://www.rittal.de

Ansprechpartner:
Hans-Robert Koch
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit / Presseansprechpartner
Telefon: +49 (2772) 505-2693
Fax: +49 (2772) 505-2537
E-Mail: koch.hr@rittal.de
Regina Wiechens-Schwake
Leiterin Unternehmenskommunikation
Telefon: +49 (2772) 5052527
E-Mail: wiechens-schwake.r@rittal.de
Christian Abels
Corporate Communications
Telefon: +49 (2772) 505-1328
E-Mail: abels.c@rittal.de
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