After two years of development and investments of more than U$300 thousand dollars, Schalter has started to manufacture in Brazil the first CUSS (Common Use Self-Service) terminal. The terminal follows the standard established by IATA (International Air Transport Association), with the purpose of enabling the shared use of self-service terminals used in airports by airline companies. Sharing terminals eliminates the need for individual investments on the part of airline companies; in the majority of airports, the CUSS terminals belong to the airport operators.
The CUSS standard is increasingly present in Brazilian airports, and can be found in the airports of Guarulhos, Confins and Galeão. The terminal developed by Schalter was designed to be complete and capable of providing the best user experience. The Rockwell Collins company provided the guidance to guarantee that the kiosk meets the CUSS standard. The first result of this technical and commercial partnership emerged with the certification in Tulsa, in the USA. With this release, Schalter became part of a select group of global manufacturers of this type of terminal together with EMBROSS (Canada), NCR (USA), IER (France) and SITA (Switzerland).
The Schalter terminal is one of the most complete in the market, and has a full-page passport reader, a 2D barcode reader, a ticket printer, baggage printer, according to the monitor and scale. Some modules are optional, configurable according to the airport’s need. According to the President Director, Valtuir Fraga Caetano, “Schalter increasingly stands out in Brazil as a leading company in self-service terminals, and the launching of this product shows our capacity to produce equipment with quality and technology allows us to compete with international players”. The marketing opportunity, for this terminal model, is very large, seeing that the following years will bring modernization to many Brazilian airports.
In March of this year, there was an auction of the airports of Fortaleza, Salvador, Florianopolis and Porto Alegre. The minimum investment of the future operators planned for only these four airports together is R$6.61 billion Brazilian currency during the concession period. “CUSS Terminals accelerate the check-in process, reduce lines and improve the customer experience”, said Edson Bezerra, Director of sales and business development for Airport Systems of Rockwell Collins in Latin America. “Working with Schalter allows us to provide competitive solutions, manufactured in Brazil, making them much more accessible for the airports”.
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