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Belgian airfield lighting solutions provider ADB Safegate has rolled out a new docking guidance system that provides fully automated safe docking to aircraft in all weather conditions.

The Safedock X Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (A-VDGS) allows the maximum use of gates, helping to support high traffic handling capacity.

The system uses surveillance technologies, modern display capabilities and advanced integration to deliver fully automated airport apron management.

Featuring a high-resolution full-colour display, the Safedock X provides improved clarity for pilots and ground staff. The display also shares more information to meet any apron management task.

As a result, the system becomes an important part in support of airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) and helps to cut delays and shorten gate turns.

“Safedock X represents a new era in docking systems and apron management, with many features that help make docking and aircraft turnaround safer.”

Safedock X can also manage different displays for aircrew and ground crew, while a mobile operator panel offers improved situational awareness and flexibility for ground crews.

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The Safedock X scanner can detect potentially dangerous objects as small as 10cm x 10cm on the apron and is also capable of monitoring approach accuracy as aircraft enter the gate to avoid accidents and delays.

The system can be easily integrated with the Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) to provide improved situational awareness and accurate turn predictability, and serves as an A-SMGCS sensor to avoid black spots near terminal buildings.

ADB Safegate CEO Christian Onselaere said: “Safedock X represents a new era in docking systems and apron management, with many features that help make docking and aircraft turnaround safer, faster and more efficient.

“This will enable synchronisation and management of landside resources such as baggage handling, catering, gate management and security as part of a long-term vision to help airports adopt total airport management (TAM).”

Safedock X will be showcased at Inter Airport South East Asia from 27 February to 1 March 2019, where ADB Safegate will also show its other airfield solutions.