The new gates, expected to open early 2013, will include Safegate’s automated docking systems to help ensure safe operating practices on the ramp.
According to Nate Mortenson, Area Sales Manager for Safegate Airport Systems, “The airport wanted safe, visible docking for the airlines at Tom Bradley International Terminal and Safedock will deliver a heads-up approach to docking that will improve situational awareness. Because pilots can park aircraft without marshallers present, there will be less opportunity for human error and fewer people in the danger zone of arriving aircraft.”
To further reduce the opportunity for error and improve safety at the gate, the fully-automated docking system will interface with passenger boarding bridges at Bradley and dockings will not be allowed to commence until the system verifies that the bridge is in its safe position. Safegate will also preprogram aircraft restrictions for each gate, including adjacent gate restrictions, into the Safedock system so that aircraft exceeding those restrictions are not allowed to dock, which can avoid the potential for collisions with facilities or other aircraft.
About the Safegate Group
Safegate Airport Systems of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, is a subsidiary of the Safegate Group which has its headquarters in Malmö, Sweden. Safegate provides real-time gate intelligence through integration of its Safedock advanced visual docking guidance systems (A-VDGS) with airport/airline systems and other equipment on the ramp. In addition to ensuring the most efficient, safe and environmentally-friendly ramp operation during regular conditions, Safegate offers a real solution to improving performance and customer service during severe weather events by getting more aircraft to the gate. Safegate Group has delivered nearly 5,000 Safedock systems to more than 200 airports around the world. Twelve million times a year, once every three seconds, an aircraft is docked using the Safedock system. www.safegate.com.