ADB SAFEGATE’s concept of operational elasticity on the apron perfectly describes the multidimensional challenge today’s reality places on all stakeholders involved in the aircraft turnaround.
Our SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) system with its new architecture now offers a more flexible and adaptable system, both in terms of interfacing capabilities and the additional users who will benefit.
Designed to support a more elastic operation, our web-based SAM allows for providing situational awareness to all stakeholders involved in the aircraft turn, no matter if you are located in a control center, in a tower or on the ground. It presents itself as the natural intelligent hub for controlling, merging, storing, analyzing and predicting for operational performance, with an apron management perspective.
Users can interact with the system remotely or via a mobile or handheld device when overseeing the operations and turn around progress on the apron, to ensure on-time performance.
Turn awareness and real-time management
With a focus on progress tracking and streamlining the aircraft turnaround processes, airport and airline performance is enhanced through faster gate turns, reduced delays, accurate TOBT updates, and less congestion and increased productivity and cost-efficiency.
Traffic Situational Awareness
By offering a full view of aircraft movements, SAM delivers a new level of situational awareness on the apron. Controllers and apron personnel benefit from Additional data, such as aircraft type, the assigned stand and stand detail, is also available.
A more complete view of ground traffic, together with real-time updates on stand operations, equipment status and the turn progress, lets operators make better decisions to mitigate disruption and enhance operational efficiency. Available from anywhere in the airport, SAM is a valued information resource to Airport Operations Control Centers.
SAM receives the tracks information through integration with the Advanced Surface Movement Guidance Control System (A-SMGCS), or alternatively, via ADB SAFEGATE´s ADS-B receivers which offer a low-cost option for airports without A-SMGCS.
The Natural Integrator
SAM is the natural integrator that connects the Airport Operational Database (AODB), airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) and other systems and equipment on the apron to provide a real-time overview of gate status, stand availability, equipment status and turnaround progress.
Increased situational awareness allows informed decision making and operational planning in near real-time. The integrated system enables fully-automated docking of aircraft by our Safedock A-VDGS and allows users to manage apron operations on any device and from anywhere, using the A-VDGS camera view.
In an integrated set-up, the Safedock A-VDGS is used as a Ramp Information Display System (RIDS), to further improve communication. The system provides flight and ground crew with real-time data such as target off block times, countdown timers, equipment status or other information vital to the turn process and its stakeholders.
Gap Filler - A-SMGCS Sensor
SAM uses the Safedock A-VDGS, located at each gate, as intelligent sensors to track the position of aircraft in the gate area. SAM supports surface surveillance systems by using the A-VDGS to track aircraft movement within the gate area on arrival and during pushback. SAM automatically sends position details to the A-SMGCS, filling the gap and enhancing the value of the A-SGMCS solution.
Features & Functions:
Enable fully-automated docking
Various safety features to ensure safe approach and pushbacks on the stands
Receive alerts to potential issues before an aircraft arrives
Update flight database with the latest gate/flight information
Automatically send actual block IN & OUT times to flight database (billing)
Share flight information with ground and flight crews through RIDS capability
Warn operators of weather events
Support specific LVO for aprons
Track and report use of GSE
Track position of in/outbound aircraft within range of A-VDGS
Integrate with cameras for a live feed of gate areas
Produce valuable data that can be used to further improve performance
Gate statistics – Equipment and operational KPI´s dashboard
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