ADB Safegate enhances visual docking guidance system

ADB Safegate is to add advanced features to its Safedock visual docking guidance system. The enhanced system will help airports increase the number of aircraft their existing gates can process.

The update will further reduce gate delays by enhanced monitoring and measuring of the turnaround process; keeping gates free of unauthorized vehicles; tracking and communicating the precise position of aircraft at the gate during arrival and on pushback; and through improved data logging of the docking and departure process. Safedock has the capacity to be more easily integrated with other airport systems, such as surveillance and monitoring, to improve operational efficiency, situational awareness and apron safety. By the end of the year more than 8,000 Safedock systems will be installed worldwide, performing around 15 million aircraft dockings per year.

Christian Onselaere, CEO, ADB Safegate, said: “Rising air traffic is creating gate congestion daily. Instead of tackling the shortage of gates by building new ones, which is costly and time-consuming, many airports can meet demand by more efficiently allocating gates and shortening aircraft turnaround time. The new, advanced capabilities of Safedock will not only raise airport and airline performance, but also improve safety – that’s important because 80% of airport accidents occur in the gate and apron area,” says

The new Safedock capabilities create more predictable aircraft turnaround times. The new capabilities include: a turn manager feature, tight integration with other airport systems, an approach error feature, and enhanced Safedock log tool – provides a simultaneous view of text logs, video and display mirroring in the log viewer. This supports better and easier investigations and troubleshooting of incidents.

The enhanced Safedock system will be shown at inter airport Europe 2017 (Munich, 10-13 October) on ADB Safegate’s stand (1420, Hall A5).

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