O'Hare International Airport selects SDI to modernize public address system

SDI Presence LLC (SDI) has been selected to provide a turnkey digital upgrade of the public address (PA) system at O´Hare International Airport, the company said.

The system upgrade, which covers both general and emergency announcements throughout the airport, is designed to improve airport safety, accelerate incident response times, and enhance customer experience.

As prime contractor, MBE-certified SDI leads a team of industry leaders including: PA system design firm Cline & Associates, Inc; PA systems integrator Pentegra Systems; airport-focused project management consultants AVAirPros; and electrical contractors Pace and Cable Communications (CCI).

The SDI Team will upgrade the airport´s existing PA systems to a menu-based system capable of dispatching messages and other commonly used paging features via computer terminals, analog dial-in phones, and jet bridge microphones. The system will cover airport terminals, pedestrian walkways, transportation centers, parking, Clear Channel digital display screens, and private airport areas.

O´Hare International Airport serves approximately 77 million passengers per year. With more than 867,000 aircraft arriving and departing on an annual basis, O´Hare International Airport generates approximately USD 38bn in economic impact for Chicago region and state. O´Hare is owned by the City of Chicago and operated through the City´s Department of Aviation (CDA).

SDI delivers technology solutions to ensure client operational performance, security, and revenue generation. The company addresses the higher IT demands of critical environments to deliver zero downtime, enhanced security, and risk mitigation strategies. Clients include airports, commercial real estate portfolios, and national banks and financial services organizations.