SITA, JDA, Intelex partner to offer integrated SMS solution for US airports

1 March 2012 (Last Updated March 1st, 2012 04:35)

SITA, JDA and Intelex have come together to offer SITA Airport Safety Management, an integrated safety management system (SMS) solution.


SITA, JDA and Intelex have come together to offer SITA Airport Safety Management, an integrated safety management system (SMS) solution.

The SMS solution has been devised to meet the US Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Part 139 SMS rule for airports.

After the FAA rule comes into force in late 2012, the airports will have between 18 - 24 months to design and implement a SMS and safety manual that could be used in over 540 commercial airports in the US.

Implementation of SMS will assist in simplifying the operations at the airports with the use of safety risk management (SRM) processes merged with technology to incorporate people and systems that currently are organised individually by the Part 139 mandate.

SITA Airport Solutions vice-president, Ilya Gutlin, said: "SITA provides airports with a single point of contact to help manage the complex process of designing, implementing and supporting a compliant SMS."

Gutlin continued: "We understand airports and know that each, though similar, is different and therefore requires a unique SMS approach to meet its specific needs.

"With JDA and Intelex, we will provide our airport clients with a comprehensive solution to meet this rapidly approaching challenge and will allow airports to ensure compliance while saving time and money."

The three companies will deliver the fully compliant, comprehensive and cost effective SMS solution that optimises and incorporates human, technical and organisational factors across functional and departmental limits to offer seamless and effective safety for airports.

SITA Airport Safety Management solution incorporates JDA's SMS design, implementation and compliance services and Intelex's SMS data collection and reporting application, providing airports with the technology and resources to deliver an effective SMS.

JDA Aviation Technology Solutions CEO, Joe DelBalzo, said: "The Transportation Research Board characterises data collection and management as the backbone of any SMS."

DelBalzo continued: "JDA's expertise in aviation safety and airport operations, coupled with SITA's global expertise in aviation technology, and Intelex industry-proven SMS application provide our clients with all of the critical talent and technology backbone to deliver a turnkey SMS solution."

Intelex Technologies Sales Marketing and Alliances EVP, John Phyper, said: "We have designed an SMS application specifically for airports that is very user-friendly and is aligned with ICAO and the FAA's SMS design and implementation methodology."

Phyper added: "Along with JDA's consultancy and SITA's air transport expertise, airports can be confident of a comprehensive approach to their SMS implementation." 


Image: US FAA's Part 139 SMS rule will affect over 540 commercial airports in US. Photo: MBisanz