Approximately 80% of airport accidents occur at the gate and apron area. These are busy, confined areas where aircraft, vehicles and people are in constant motion in all types of weather conditions.

Safety on the ground is a top priority for every airport. According to the Flight Safety Foundation, ramp accidents and incidents number more than 27,000 each year or one in 1,000 flights. The injury rate is nine in 1,000 flights. A total of 82% of all ramp accidents occur in the gate area and 48% of those are during arrival.

Safedock® – safe and efficient docking

Safegate Group’s solution Safedock® A-VDGS saves money and protects investment and personnel. Safedock® reduces congestion and the number of personnel on the ramp, performs an aircraft type safety check, scans the apron for vehicles or other objects, verifies the position of the passenger boarding bridge (PBB) and prevents incompatible aircraft from parking at adjacent gates.

Safedock® also guides the aircraft to its correct position by providing the pilot with intuitive signals, which is critical. The 3D A-VDGS have become a global standard with thousands of installations over the years.

An information-driven approach to safe and efficient operations at the gate and apron

To maximise safety and efficiency on the gate and apron area, Safegate Group has developed a new software concept, SafeControl – Apron Management.

The origin of the new concept is Safegate Group’s Gate Operating System (GOS), however SafeControl-Apron Management is built on a new platform to enhance integration and data sharing capabilities.
SafeControl is a group of software modules used to automate and improve safety at airports worldwide. SafeControl – Apron Management is based on the same platform as used for air traffic management guaranteeing clients the highest level of safety and efficiency.

Benefits of using Safedock® with SafeControl – Apron Management are shorter turnaround times, reduced operational costs and damage risks, more effective planning, higher productivity, enhanced safety, efficiency, integration and information sharing capabilities.