Lufthansa and Star Alliance extend Star Data Network contract
Apr 18, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Lufthansa Systems, a provider of consulting and IT services, has announced that Star Alliance has extended the contract for operating the global Star Data Network by another five years.
This decision underscores the trust Star Alliance places in Lufthansa Systems' managed WAN solution. Star Data Network connects the member carriers' IT systems, guaranteeing the nonstop exchange of data between 26 international airlines.
Star Data Network is a network cluster that serves all Star Alliance airlines, connecting all of the member carriers' data centers with one another. The network is based on the latest version of SkyConnect from Lufthansa Systems. SkyConnect itself utilizes a multi-provider and multi-technology model that enables Lufthansa Systems to provide its customers with a solution that is perfectly tailored to their individual business processes. The intelligent coupling of secure Internet-based technologies with data connections results in the highest levels of availability and stability, attributable to Lufthansa.
At the same time, SkyConnect gives Lufthansa Systems an independent choice of network operators. This combination of technical stability and provider neutrality ensures a high level of operational reliability for the network, offering a decisive advantage for the Alliance as a whole.
One special feature of the solution is its interface to US Customs & Border Protection. Star Alliance members flying to destinations in the USA use the Star Data Network to submit applicable passenger details to the authorities as required by law. Lufthansa Systems was the first provider to create such an interface and make it available to the airlines.
Star Data Network offers all Star Alliance members secure, high-availability access to global distribution systems (GDS) while also offering a platform for the daily exchange of thousands of messages relating to flight operations. "Star Data Network is Star Alliance's data management backbone and the primary channel for the overall flow of data between the member airlines," explains Bardo Werum, Senior vice president Infrastructure at Lufthansa Systems. "These data include details of passengers, luggage and information about mileage programs all of which must be handled with top priority and the utmost confidentiality. Networking the data in this way delivers significant synergy effects between the airlines and for the Alliance as a whole."
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