Saab Sensis Corporation, a subsidiary of the defense and security company Saab AB, has commissioned the 35th deployment of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) program to major U.S. airports. ASDE-X, the FAA's primary runway incursion detection and alerting system, is now operational at all 35 airports for the improvement of runway safety and efficiency.
ASDE-X combines surface movement radar, multilateration and Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance to provide air traffic controllers with highly accurate, real-time position and identification information of aircraft and vehicles on the airport surface. By integrating multiple surveillance technologies, the system delivers a comprehensive picture of ground operations in the movement area, increasing controller situational awareness and improving airport safety in all weather conditions. The system also features advanced runway conflict detection and alerting technology, Safety Logic, which uses complex algorithms to alert controllers of potential aircraft or vehicle incursions.
"The successful design, testing and deployment of 35 ASDE-X systems to some of the busiest and most complex airports in the world is a significant achievement in the advancement of runway incursion prevention and serves as a model for airport surface safety," said Ken Kaminski, vice president and general manager of Saab Sensis.
ASDE-X is also a flexible enabling technology for new safety and efficiency solutions. ASDE-X is serving as the surveillance infrastructure for the FAA's Runway Status Lights (RWSL) program, which is being deployed by Saab Sensis to 23 U.S. airports. Additionally, at JFK International Airport, the ASDE-X system is providing the surveillance for NextGen surface traffic management initiatives that foster collaborative decision making among airport stakeholders to improve surface efficiency.
"We are leveraging the precise surveillance data from ASDE-X for the FAA's Runway Status Lights program to provide an even greater level of surface safety. In addition, Saab Sensis will continue to support ASDE-X through ongoing enhancements and adaptations to meet the evolution of the airports and the rapidly changing needs of air traffic controllers," said Kaminski.
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