Sydney Airport Commissions New Surface Movement Radar

19 May 2010 (Last Updated May 19th, 2010 18:30)

Australian aviation management agency Airservices has commissioned an advanced surface movement and ground control system (A-SMGCS) to help air traffic controllers (ATCs) at Sydney Airport in Australia. The system will allow for the automatic identification of suitably equipped vehicle

Australian aviation management agency Airservices has commissioned an advanced surface movement and ground control system (A-SMGCS) to help air traffic controllers (ATCs) at Sydney Airport in Australia.

The system will allow for the automatic identification of suitably equipped vehicles and aircraft across all runways and taxiways at Sydney Airport.

Costing $35m, the A-SMGCS will provide ATCs with an electronic picture of the ground at any time through surveillance data collected from multiple sources.

The system will enable ATCs to improve conflict detection and lower the risk of surface collisions as well as improve the reliability and efficiency of airport operations during bad weather and at night, when visual monitoring from the control tower becomes difficult.

The system's visual and aural alarms will alert controllers in case of potential problems and allow them to take corrective action.