Saab updates airport surface management platform with Aerobahn 8

22 October 2013 (Last Updated October 22nd, 2013 18:30)

Saab has announced the release of the next generation of Aerobahn, a suite of airport surface management products and tools.

Saab has announced the release of the next generation of Aerobahn, a suite of airport surface management products and tools.

Aerobahn 8 incorporates several new features and capabilities to help airlines, airports and air navigation service providers further improve efficiency and collaboration.

Aerobahn 8 offers a number of updates and new features such as automated report retrieval, which allows users to automate the export of any data from Aerobahn directly into their proprietary systems.

The suite's automated rule-based workflow transitions uses Aerobahn's dynamic rules engine for automatic workflow monitoring, while the new Aerobahn de-icing manager seamlessly integrates with the Aerobahn surface manager for proactive management of winter operations.

The Aerobahn product suite includes surface manager, departure manager, airport status dashboard and de-icing manager.

Saab ATM general manager Ken Kaminski said that the company has evolved Aerobahn from a singularly-focused tool that provided situational awareness into a growing suite of modular yet integrated capabilities that address specific collaboration and efficiency needs.

"In this update, we address our customers' desire for greater workflow management and wider access to data," Kaminski added.

Aerobahn, which has been in the industry for over ten years, delivered more than 12 million user hours to a set of licensed users, which has nearly doubled over the past two years.

It is in use at 25 airports world-wide, including five of the ten busiest airports in the US - Atlanta, Denver, New York - JFK, Charlotte and Phoenix International Airports.

The company has also announced that its A3000 Advanced - Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) has been selected for Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Istanbul - its fourth Turkish airport.

The A-SMGCS will employ multiple surveillance sources such as Saab's surface multilateration system, to offer controllers with improved situational awareness and operating efficiency at Turkey's third busiest airport.

The A3000 A-SMGCS will combine surveillance data from multilateration sensors and surface movement radars for the location and identification of all aircraft and vehicles operating on the airport's surface.

"Aerobahn 8 incorporates several new features and capabilities to help airlines, airports and air navigation service providers further improve efficiency and collaboration."

The surveillance data is fused with the A3000's Safety Logic conflict detection and alerting algorithms to provide controllers with an advanced visual and auditory warning of potential runway incursions.

The system will also include controller working positions.

SabihaGökçenAirport technical director Engin Akyeli said that the Saab A3000 will provide controllers with the precise surveillance needed for increased safety and efficiency at this busy single-runway airport.

"The use of the A3000 across four of the top five busiest airports in the country will ensure consistency in operations, training and maintenance," Akyeli added.

Saab ATM general manager Ken Kaminski said: "The Saab A3000 and associated sensors provide the airport with a platform that is ready for current needs and can easily expand and adapt to future growth and demands for safety and efficiency systems."

The A3000 by HITT is a widely deployed A-SMGCS, with more than 40 sites around the world, including multiple locations in Europe, Asia and South America, while Saab surface multilateration is in operation or being deployed to more than 60 sites around the world.