Selex ES, a subsidiary of Leonardo, has launched new airport surface management technologies to prevent runway incursions at airports.

The technologies, marketed as AeroBOSS, are developed to offer a common operating platform for airport operations control, maintenance and emergency resources.

AeroBOSS will enable real-time flight and ground vehicle tracking and collaborative decision making that will ensure all vehicles in the airport operate safely and prevent runway incursions.

The solution is equipped with a runway incursion warning system (RIWS) that alerts the vehicle drivers before they enter a runway area.

In a statement, Leonardo said that only a small group of 3,100 airports are equipped with runway incursion prevention systems. The AeroBOSS technologies will help such airports to improve operational safety.

The move comes at a time when the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization and Flight Safety Foundation have expressed concerns over airport runway incursions as air travelling gradually recovers from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The addition of the new technologies also enhances the Selex ES air traffic control solution portfolio.

Leonardo is an Italian firm that caters to the defence, aerospace and security sectors.

In June, the company secured a contract to install a baggage handling system, which incorporates safety and sorting functions, at the new Pier G at Terminal 3 of Frankfurt Airport, Germany.

The system is equipped with two multi-sorting baggage handling system (MBHS) cross-belt sorting machines and is capable of managing the bags of approximately five million passengers every year.