SafeControl Apron Management (SAM)


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 provides 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 early information on pending traffic to be managed at the gates, as well as a visual of taxiway and taxi lane traffic in real time. The better understanding of the complete traffic, stand operations equipment status and turn progress, the better decisions can be made and enable mitigation. This enhances operational efficiency.

This overview of the complete maneuvering area, together with details on stand occupancy, equipment status, turnaround progress and more, is available anywhere in the airport – a  valued information resource to AOCC´s (Airport Operation Control Center).

Interactions with the aircraft label will reveal an extended label with additional data such as aircraft type and assigned stand, as well as highlight the stand detail view on the map.

The information can be retrieved through integration with the Advanced Surface Movement Guidance Control System (A-SMGCS) or alternatively via ADB SAFEGATE´s ADS-B receivers, offering a low-cost option for airports without A-SMGCS.


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

Apron Management Brochure
Data Sheet: ADS-B

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