San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in the US has partnered with ADB Safegate for automated aircraft docking and integrated apron management solutions to improve the visibility of aircraft operations and optimise the use of existing gates.

As part of the airport’s redevelopment project at Terminal 1, ADB Safegate will deploy Safedock T1 Advanced Visual Docking Guidance Systems (A-VDGS) and SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) integration software.

The Safedock systems will support safe and precise automated parking of aircraft at the gate.

SAM will integrate the A-VDGS with other airport systems to enhance the visibility of aircraft operations to and from gates and further streamline gate turns.

“Our long-term plan will manage predicted increases in capacity and by integrating our solutions with other operating systems.”

SFO believes that the new technologies will enhance airport infrastructure while facilitating better operations.

ADB Safegate CEO Christian Onselaere said: “Leading airports around the world are tackling capacity concerns in multiple ways.

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“We are excited to partner with a high-profile airport like San Francisco International Airport to help them meet demand.

“Our long-term plan will manage predicted increases in capacity and by integrating our solutions with other operating systems; SFO will get more out of its current infrastructure.”

As part of the agreement, more than 40 boarding gates, both international and domestic, will be equipped starting middle of this year. Once all the systems are installed, they will go online. The project is likely to continue until 2020.

In a separate development, SFO announced a closure on 29 and 30 September at the intersection of Runways 28L and 1R to perform maintenance work.

SFO flies directly to more than 49 international cities on 43 international carriers. The airport also connects non-stop with 85 cities in the US on 12 domestic airlines.