Saab Sensis’ A-SMGCS goes live at Brisbane Airport

16 April 2013 (Last Updated April 16th, 2013 18:30)

Australian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Airservices Australia has commissioned Saab Sensis advanced surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) at Brisbane Airport.Australian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Airservices Australia has commissioned Saab Sensis advanced surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) at Brisbane Airport.

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Australian air navigation service provider (ANSP) Airservices Australia has commissioned Saab Sensis advanced surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) at Brisbane Airport.

Rolling out the Saab Sensis' A-SMGCS system will allow air traffic controllers (ATC) to locate and identify all aircraft movements on the airport's runways, as well as taxiways, which will help in enhancing safety and efficiency.

The system incorporates surveillance data from Saab Sensis multilateration sensors, surface movement radar (SMR) and VeeLo NextGen vehicle locators that assist in locating and detecting all aircraft and vehicles movement on the airport's runways and taxiways.

The surveillance information received through the system will be integrated with the company's Safety Logic conflict detection and alerting algorithms to offer ATCs with improved visual and audible alerts to prevent any potential runway incursions.

Airservices Air Traffic Control executive general manager Jason Harfield said that the A-SMGCS enhances the reliability and efficiency of Brisbane's operations during bad weather and at night.

"The A-SMGCS enhances the reliability and efficiency of Brisbane's operations during bad weather and at night."

"The advanced warning of potential runway incursions adds an important layer of safety for Brisbane," Harfield said.

Safety Logic deployed at the airport uses current and predicted separation algorithms, and offers accurate alerts and reduces false alarm rates.

Saab Sensis has commissioned A-SMGCS across 40 airports globally including sites in Australia, Hong Kong, India and Saudi Arabia, as well as the US Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X programme.

Saab Sensis senior vice president Ken Kaminski said the A-SMGCS would support the airport operation as it adds new third runway and continues to expand its infrastructure.

"In addition, the A-SMGCS provides the precise surveillance needed for Airservices' Aerobahn airport surface manager to further address airport efficiency," Kaminski said.


Image: The deployed system will provide ATC's at Brisbane Airport with the location and identification of all aircraft movements on runways as well as taxiways.