The city of Atlanta’s department of aviation has renewed the contract of defense and security company Saab for the expansion of its Aerobahn airport surface management platform at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Georgia, US.
The contract renewal will see the addition of new and advanced tools and technologies to the airport operations community, which will help to increase efficiency.
The airport will also receive an extended range display that will help to improve air traffic management. It will also notify and report on real-time flight cancellation and give users a historical view of all cancelled flights for better management.
The Aerobahn vehicle tracking system will be enhanced by the addition of portable Wi-Fi hotspots, which will aid vehicle operators to access a real-time view of airport activity and enable expanded vehicle data collection, support dispatching and communications and improve ground efficiency.
Vehicles equipped with Saab’s custom vehicle tracking devices will be equipped with ADS-B or Mode S transponders. Aerobahn enables user to see and track vehicles with the tracking technologies on an integrated aircraft and vehicle display.
Aiming at reducing taxi times and increasing airport throughout during de-icing events, the airport will also add a set of decision support tools, known as the Aerobahn de-icing manager. The tool facilitates efficient management of the de-icing process, including tracking and projecting de-icing pad queue lengths, monitoring of occupancy times and automatic recording of de-icing process milestones.
ATL assistant general manager for operations Paul Meyer said: "Atlanta has continually seen a decrease in delays and improved overall operational performance since deploying Aerobahn in 2010.
"These achievements are possible due to the airport-wide collaboration fostered by the airport community through the use of a common surface management system."
Since the installation of Aerobahn and its technologies in 2012, the airport has saved a total of 36,400 hours in taxi time and 64,400 hours in schedule delay a year, saving airlines approximately $97m annually.
Saab ATM general manager Ken Kaminski said: "The latest Aerobahn advances, such as integrated NAS-wide situational awareness and surface vehicle tracking and management solutions, enables ATL to attain new heights in efficiency and collaboration.
"The result is an improved experience for the passenger, where delays and disruptions are at a minimum."
The Aerobahn product suite is currently in use at 26 airports worldwide.