Istanbul airport to use 35,000 intelligent LED lights

Istanbul New Airport will have the world’s most intelligent airfield powered by 35,000 LED airfield lights, its developers claim.

The new airport, expected to be the world’s largest, will serve as Turkey’s primary airport and a hub between Europe and Asia. It will replace the city’s existing international airport, the Atatürk Airport, where ever-growing traffic is causing congestion, and expansion is not feasible due to its location.

İGA, a joint venture founded to construct and operate the new airport in four phases, has picked ADB SAFEGATE to conduct an AGL design review and install its intelligent airfield systems including intelligent LED ground lighting and visual aids.

The company is responsible for the complete visual guidance approach, starting with a comprehensive airfield ground lighting (AGL) design review to assess and implement an AGL system to best suit the airport’s needs. It has already proposed equipping the taxiway system with full switching ability and the addition of a single and double channel Individual Light Control and Monitoring System (ILCMS). With intelligence built into each light fixture, the ILCMS will control the lights individually or by defined segments, rather than selected circuits, providing large gains in power savings and making maintenance easier and more cost effective.

The intelligent lighting will also allow increased flexibility in guidance and routing..

With 35,000 intelligent LED lights powering the airfield runways and taxiways, this will be the world’s biggest AGL implementation, the company says. It will also supply and commission all visual aids including transistor regulators, transformers, approach solutions (flashers, PAPI, approach lighting), energy efficient power solutions and mounting equipment. The deal was signed in September 2016 and deliveries begin this year, continuing into 2018.


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