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6 Integrating Airport Information Systems Handbook Overview Readers can use this Handbook to develop a long-range integration plan for their airports--by identifying where the airport is today and what integration projects would most advance the over- all vision, prioritizing those projects, and creating a phasing strategy to achieve the overall vision. This Handbook will assist an airport in developing plans and processes to achieve successful inte- gration of airport information systems. The Handbook is intended to enable airport managers to develop their own visions for long-range integration based on the needs of their particular airports. This Handbook provides information on best practices for integration and explains the current state of airport integration, as well as current integration strategies and technologies, in user- friendly terms to ensure that the Handbook is relevant to all levels of the organization. For the purposes of this Handbook, the term integration means the process of evaluating and implementing information processes and information technology systems to provide accurate, real- time business-critical information. Thus, integration encompasses more than transferring data from one software system to another--integration is any process that allows information to be transferred, shared, or seamlessly related. Further, integration covers the broad spectrum of information at an airport--information as varied as data from maintenance logs, security lines, and parking lot entrances, as well as departing passenger counts. Thus, integration as used in this Handbook should be embraced by the entire airport organization--not just the IT division.