ERA has completed the extension of its surface guidance system at the Cairo International Airport for the Egyptian National Air Navigation Service Company (NANSC). 

At present, 37 ERA multi-sensor surveillance (MSS) ground-based stations, as well as 19 units of SQUID vehicle tracking systems are in operation to ensure the safety of the airport in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region.

Together, the ground stations cover approximately 37km² of Cairo airport and the SQUID units will help support the surface traffic surveillance at the airport.

Five years ago, the Egyptian airport awarded the programme for safety to Holland Institute of Traffic Technology (HITT).

HITT operated as the prime contractor for the advanced surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) integrating with the ERA network of MSS sensors and SQUID units.

"The extension project originally started to address the rapid growth of Cairo International Airport, which made it difficult for air traffic controllers to maintain complete surveillance across the facility."

Recently, ERA in collaboration with Saab as a prime contractor has carried out extension of the system, which has been operational at the airport since 2011. 

The extension project originally started to address the rapid growth of Cairo International Airport, which made it difficult for the air traffic controllers to maintain complete visual surveillance across the facility's surface. 

Last year, another extension of ERA's MSS was implemented at the airport. 

Administered by the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, the Cairo International Airport features three runways and four terminals.  


Image: Cairo International Airport in Egypt. Photo: courtesy of ERA a.s.