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Access Control Integrated System of the Gran Canaria Airport
The Nerus Integrated Access Control (ARGOS A 500) has been developed by Núcleo to meet the needs of medium and large workplaces where management is required for their access and associated subsystems such as intercom and CCTV.
The purpose of this system is to bring together in a single platform management and issuance of credentials, access management, alarm and associated CCTV management, and IP intercom management

The purpose of this system is to bring together in a single platform management and issuance of credentials, access management, alarm and associated CCTV management, and IP intercom management.

In its development the latest trends in both hardware and software have been applied, incorporating SIP technology and integrating in the same IP network all the information (voice, signalling and control) between the different elements of the system.

The Company

- Company: AENA

Grupo Aena is a group of companies dedicated to airport management and the provision of air navigation services.

Through Aena Airports, Inc. (which Aena owns 100% of its capital) manages 47 airports and 2 heliports in Spain and participates directly or indirectly in the management of other 28 airports worldwide. It is the first airport operator in the world in number of passengers, about 200 million.

Through public entity, Aena provides air navigation services. Aena is the fourth largest provider of air navigation services in Europe and outstandingly and actively participates in all EU projects related to the implementation of Single Sky.

The challenge

Gran Canaria Airport, located on the east coast of the island it is named after, is the gateway for millions of tourists who visit the island annually.
Their optimal weather conditions have caused the Gran Canaria airport to have excellent operating conditions and to provide services for 24 hours every day of the year. Their traffic records are over 9 million passengers and more than 100,000 flight operations. 

AENA Airports requires the supply and installation in the operating state of an Integrated Access Control System (SICA) in the Gran Canaria Airport to replace the existing one that was obsolete and with serious operational failures. This new system has to meet a number of requirements, which include:

- Completely IP system .
- The transition from one system to another should not be perceptible by the user, so it has to achieve accreditation compatibility from one system and another.  
- The proposed system has to allow customization for the requirements of the Airport.
- It is required to replace the three existing intercom systems and integrate the new equipment on the platform of SICA.

The Solution

The solution presented by Núcleo was to develop the  SICA Nerus (ARGOS A 500), created from the previous version RD30. 

This system uses IP communication, using as communication media the Airport's existing TCP/IP Multi-service Network. 

The application is divided into several modules, in a way that each user has access only to authorized services. 

- Access Module: controls all Gran Canaria Airport access, with over 230 terminals and Intercom Profile (TAI). TAI terminals are configured with up to two types of card reading of the three that were developed (proximity Mifare, Fingerprint Reader and HiCo Magnetic Stripe). In this module they also integrated control and management of the IP video recorders, and for the Automatic Number Plate Reading equipment (LAM) that are located on the access barriers.

- Intercom Module: Controls the intercom of the 230 TAI terminals and over 60 independent Intercom Terminals (IT). 

- Alarm Modules They control all alarms associated with access and auxiliary alarms and remote controls captured by the Acquisition and Control Terminals (TAC). 

- Accreditation Management Module: allows the maintenance of database users as well as assigning access permissions, printing and encoding accreditations.


The architecture fully based on IP communications allows the use of an existing communications network, thus accelerating the implementation of the new system. It also provides system management from different locations without any infrastructure expenses.

The integration of all systems on a single platform significantly reduces the number of necessary equipment and resources in a Control Centre.