What if all the different parts of your airport communicated and worked seamlessly together as one? Imagine one integrated operational process from approach to departure. This would provide the necessary operational support for a seamless, optimized procedure that guides aircraft during approach and landing, taxiing to the gate, and back out again, across the airfield to the departure runway – tailored to maximize your airport’s throughput and safety.
To turn this vision into reality will require a solution that integrates and intelligently supports or automates many different guidance and traffic control functions, including tower control systems, airfield lighting, docking control and gate management. Then, with aircraft time on the ground always at a minimum, airports can fully use their available capacity and safely handle more traffic with their existing facilities.
ADB SAFEGATE was formed in early 2016 by merging two leading players in airport operations – ADB and SAFEGATE – to create one organization combining the best of both “former” worlds. With our combined capabilities we are able to better serve our customers with a strengthened, integrated portfolio to offer innovative ways to improve airport operations far beyond what was previously possible.
We bring nearly 70 years of experience helping more than 2,000 airports worldwide with aircraft ground guidance systems. We understand the demands on the tower, airfield and gate. We know that airports need to create intelligent, highly-integrated airport operations that continuously raise performance. And we recognize it is vital to support operational integration programs like Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM), Follow The Greens (FTG) and direct requirements such as the SESAR PCP initiative. With our expertise in integration, operational procedures and services and maintenance, we manage projects from start to end. This allows us to ensure the world’s busiest airports operate smoothly and in the most efficient way, all the way from approach to departure.
Foundation for fully integrated solutions – the tower, gate and airfield portfolio
ADB SAFEGATE offers one of the industry’s most extensive airport operations product and service portfolios as the foundation for fully integrated solutions to support airport development. We use our operational know-how to enable all parts of an airport to work together as one to increase airport performance.
Gate – making turnarounds faster and more predictable
Not only is it crucial to shorten the aircraft turnaround time, but airports and airlines must also strive to minimize the risk of accidents in the gate and apron area with its continuous flow of people, aircraft and ground vehicles. Our automated platforms for safe and efficient apron management and aircraft docking provide real-time intelligence for stakeholders in the turnaround process to improve predictability and achieve the best sequencing for departure flow management.
ADB SAFEGATE is currently working with Groupe ADP to design, implement, maintain and support Safedock Advanced Visual Docking and Guidance Systems (A-VDGS) and SafeControl Apron Management at French airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly. The systems are being implemented to improve communication and efficiency during the turnaround process and strengthen A-CDM programs already in place at both airports.
Calgary International Airport has installed ADB SAFEGATE’s automated gate solution on domestic gates and at its new international facility, which opened in October 2016. The airport chose Safedock A-VDGS and SafeControl Apron Management because the automated system could ensure the safe and efficient parking of aircraft during all operating conditions. The system also supports the common use operation on the airport’s new international gates with the flexibility to park any aircraft type at any available gate.
Airfield – keeping the airfield operational and safe
Airfield lighting is vital for ATC to provide visual guidance for pilots to land, taxi and take-off safely and efficiently. Building intelligence into the airfield lighting fixture opens up new operational capabilities in terms of active guidance and monitoring for multiple stakeholders. Compliant and easily integrated with complementary systems, these intelligent solutions improve airfield availability, performance, safety and energy efficiency.
Abu Dhabi Airports Company recently selected ADB SAFEGATE as the main contractor for its Abu Dhabi International Airport expansion. The multi-year framework agreement is underway and includes the design and upgrade of AGL, control and monitoring systems, communication systems, integration of a solution to automate ground movement and maintenance services. ADB SAFEGATE will also ensure the infrastructure of the airport’s midfield terminal is integrated in this expansion.
Tower – raising safety and throughout with smarter ATC systems
Air traffic controllers tackle complex considerations while controlling the operational process and workflow. ADB SAFEGATE solutions support air traffic controllers and other stakeholders to optimized airport throughput by finding the safest and fastest way from touchdown to take off. By considering the airport as one operational entity, and enabling supporting systems to operate as one, our solutions give air traffic controllers more control over aircraft and vehicle movement at all stages, and futureproof an airport’s traffic management.
Birmingham Airport recently installed ADB SAFEGATE’s Integrated Tower Solution to enable A-CDM and improve real-time information shared between its stakeholders and airlines, ground handlers and air traffic control. The integrated solution comprises ACEMAX Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System, DIFLIS Electronic Flight Strips, DECLOS Digital Pre-Departure Clearance System and OPTAMOS Departure Management System, as well as third party radar systems for surface movement, aircraft and vehicle surveillance. The ADB SAFEGATE solution systemizes the operational process and takes on non-critical tasks to reduce the air traffic controller workload, allowing the controller to concentrate on a safe and more efficient traffic flow.
Service – delivering the right expertise to boost airport operations
ADB SAFEGATE understands that airports require a variety of technical support services including maintenance and training. Our portfolio is able to meet all airport needs from concept of operations, to Gate and AFL design, to audit and survey, project management and various maintenance packages, including full maintenance.