London’s Gatwick Airport has commissioned new technology that improves monitoring of aircraft flights and associated noise.
Nearly £1m was invested to deploy the new technology, which will also allow local residents to access information on aircraft noise in real-time and generate reports on demand.
Supplied by electronic firm EMS Brüel&Kjær, the new solution enables the local community to submit noise complaints through an automated telephone line.
It is claimed to be the first such system to be implemented in a UK airport.
The airport will deploy approximately 23 noise monitoring terminals that can be subsequently presented in real-time alongside flight information from the airport radar and other airport systems.
Data can also be used by the airlines to determine how they might improve the performance of their flights in terms of track-keeping and noise.
The new system incorporates a new website for giving easier access to and understanding of aircraft noise information. The website will be launched in the next few months.
Gatwick Airport corporate affairs, planning, and sustainability director Tim Norwood said: “While many thousands of local people benefit from Gatwick’s jobs, connections and wealth creation, we know that some residents are concerned by the impacts of aircraft noise.
“The new noise and flight track keeping system means that residents can more easily and conveniently access information, and generate reports, on aircraft noise in real time.
“The system is comprehensive, easy to use, and based on the latest technology and we very much hope that it also helps us to improve our engagement with communities that are negatively impacted by aircraft noise.”
In March, Gatwick Airport signed a framework contract with Stanley Robotics to test robots that valet park passengers’ cars.