Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and its prime consultant, Sunland Group, selected Burns & McDonnell to design security systems and automatic vehicle identification (AVI) for a new Ground Transportation and Staging Facility to manage taxicabs, shuttle busses and limousines serving the airport. Burns & McDonnell designed the AVI for the staging lot with parking for 130 taxis, shuttle busses and eight over-the-road tour busses, a full-service building for drivers, and lot entry and exit gates. Because of the dynamics within a taxi staging facility, effective surveillance and security is a high priority. Burns & McDonnell designed a complement of high definition and standard cameras to cover indoor and parking areas, integrating them with the existing CCTV infrastructure for monitoring transportation vehicles and automatically dispatching taxies from the staging lot to the curb.
The AVI system uses high-speed radio frequency identification (RFID) readers strategically located on the airport landside roadways. The system monitors all vehicles registered with the airport and equipped with standard Texas Department of Transportation RFID tags.