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Sensors and Sensor Solutions



Numerous logistics processes at the airport run smoothly thanks to sensors and sensor solutions from SICK. The airplanes stop precisely at the parking position, the air cargo container is loaded on the right cargo aircraft, and the luggage ends up in the right hands.

SICK sensors control and monitor each critical movement accurately and reliably. They are used in many applications such as passenger boarding bridges, ground support vehicles, baggage handling systems and cargo facilities, access control systems, security systems for buildings and for ground surveillance and in catering facilities.

Sensors in passenger boarding bridges and ground support vehicles

  • Aircraft docking guidance system

In order to take up the parking position at the terminal as quickly and precisely as possible, landing airplanes follow the signals of a display. The LD-OEM 2D laser scanner performs vertical scans along the centre line providing the data to determine the distance of the approaching aircraft.

Various SICK sensors identify the bag label, measure the volume, detect overheight and oversize, classify bags and detect intrusions.
Airport luggage identification systems (ALIS Hybrid) ensure high read rate of bag labels in baggage handling systems all over the world via barcode reading and RFID technology.
Airport luggage identification systems (ALIS) installed on a baggage sorting system to read barcodes of bag labels.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) read / write devices for track and trace in baggage handling systems.
2D laser scanners LMS1xx for building security applications at the airport building.
Measuring automation light grids MLG for access control systems.
2D laser scanner delivers relevant data for aircraft docking guidance systems.
Various SICK sensors support the docking process of passenger boarding bridges.
Safety laser scanners protect people in cargo facilities.
  • Docking of passenger boarding bridge at the aircraft

The docking of the passenger boarding bridge at the aircraft is a precision job, as it is the vertical adjustment and the automatic level adjustment, the axial extension of the bridge and the rotatory motion of the docking cabin and the bogie. Ultrasonic sensors, optical distance sensors and absolute encoders are indispensable here.

  • Collision prevention of two passenger boarding bridges

Aircrafts with large passenger-carrying capacities are boarded via two passenger boarding bridges, the Airbus A380 even via three passenger boarding bridges. LMS1xx 2D laser scanners prevent collisions between the boarding bridges.

  • Aircraft tugs

Aircraft tugs push the aircraft from the gate back onto the apron. The data of the LD-OEM 2D laser scanners helps to monitor the angle between the aircraft axis and the tug axis. The driver is warned if a critical angle is reached, which allows him to prevent over-torque, the excess of the maximum steering angle of the aircraft´s nose landing gear.

Sensor technology supports the entire baggage handling process: from the point of check-in to the point of reclaim

Coping with increasing baggage volumes, shorter connection times and a reduction in the manual work involved – this is what is expected from a baggage handling system today. This is precisely where SICK comes in, providing sensors, as well as holistic sensor solutions for airport applications. Together with our clients, we will plan and engineer an individual solution for their specific application.

SICK provides consultation and development services and supplies the sensor solutions clients require for their projects. Furthermore, SICK supports clients during the installation and commissioning and throughout the entire product lifecycle. SICK accompanies clients as a competent partner through every phase of the project.

Individual and flexible identification and measurement

Airports are facilities that ensure the transport of people and goods via air. They are the link to the other modes of transport, road, rail and ship. In order to fulfill this function, the airport operators must provide the necessary airport infrastructure.

Depending on the size of the airport, this could include terminal buildings, air cargo terminals, hangars for aircraft maintenance, facilities for the purpose of air and ground traffic control or vehicles for the execution of ground-based flight operations. The ever-increasing complexity can be managed only through automation.

For many years, SICK has been providing a wide range of sensor solutions for the measurement and recording of data in these highly varied airport areas.

For safety and productivity: SICK LifeTime Services

SICK LifeTime Service is a comprehensive set of high-quality services provided to support the entire lifecycle of products and applications from system design all the way to upgrades.

These services increase the safety of people, boost the productivity of machines and serve as the basis for our customers’ sustainable business success.

White Papers

Press Releases

  • Curtain Call for Airport Security

    Security is the top priority at airports, and there are certain areas where access must be strictly controlled. Consequently, monitoring crossing points between the landside and the airside is one of every airport operator's main tasks.

  • Sensor Solutions for Luggage Identification and More

    SICK's activities focus on providing clients with factory facilities, logistics and process automation, with intelligent sensors and sensor solutions. In terms of luggage transportation, SICK offers suitable solutions for the entire process chain, starting with check-in and bag drop through to the whole airport baggage handling infrastructure to the loading of the aircraft.

  • Baggage Loading per Robot

    By 2015, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam expects a transshipment volume of 70 million pieces of baggage. Reason enough, therefore, to deal with efficient solutions for baggage handling today. Grenzebach Automation shows how it is done - with loading robots controlled by laser measurement systems from SICK.

  • Barcode + RFID: the Formula for 100% Read Reliability

    No search and handling costs for lost or delayed baggage - Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport benefits from the use of the ALIS400 Hybrid code reading system from SICK. The combination of barcode and RFID technology helps achieve read rates of 100%.

  • Safe Handling of Containers and Pallets

    At King Shaka International Airport in Durban, South Africa, S3000 safety laser scanners monitor the travel paths of railmounted heavy-duty transport vehicles for airfreight.

Products & services

  • ALIS

    To make sure that your luggage gets sorted quickly and transferred to the correct destination, SICK offers ALIS: a state-of-the-art bar code reader and RFID system that is designed to identify IATA bar codes and/or RFID tags on airport luggage.

  • CLV69x

    The CLV69x barcode scanner offers excellent reading performance, high-speed processing and a high level of reading accuracy.

  • Lector®65x System

    The Lector®65x matrix camera features high resolution and an extensive depth of field. Integrated into the Lector®65x System, it enables the very highest reading performance even when bar codes are damaged and dirty, and allows images to be used for vision tasks.

  • RFU63x

    The RFU63x is an ultra-high frequency (UHF) RFID solution for industrial environments.

  • TiM3xx

    The TiM3xx is the next step in the evolution of laser scanners. The sensor uses SICK's new high-definition distance measurement (HDDM) technology, which reduces machine downtime due to its extremely high measurement reliability and immunity to ambient light.