Tech Bytes

July 23, 2009

Airfield Ops

  • Data Consolidation. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) and authorized airlines now have access to the Sensis Aerobahn airport automation and management tool at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Sensis Aerobahn combines airside operational information, such as flight schedules, with the exact location and identification of aircraft on the surface of the airport for a real-time, comprehensive view of surface operations. The system provides key stakeholders with airport surface traffic and operational data that will enable fewer delays, improve airport efficiency and reduce operating costs for airlines, according to the company;
  • Aircraft Docking. Safegate’s Safedock is an advanced visual docking guidance system which gives operators the option of parking aircraft with or without ground personnel present while reducing fuel burn waste, according to the company. The system features Ramp Information Display (RIDS) which feeds from airport and airline flight information systems, and boarding bridge position verification;
  • Automated Ground Transport Management. GateKeeper Systems Inc. offers an automated ground transportation management system (GTMS) that combines RFID technology with specialized commercial vehicle management (CVM) software to improve operations at any airport, says the company;


  • Noise Management. Lochard, an environmental management solution provider, offers WebTrak FlyQuiet, a solution for managing flight track and noise compliance procedures. FlyQuiet identifies flights that don’t comply with noise abatement procedures, provides an online dashboard for airlines and pilots to investigate and explain deviations, and delivers a feedback loop that drives improved compliance, according to the company.
    Los Angeles World Airports recently launched WebTrak at Los Angeles International (LAX), Ontario, and Van Nuys airports. WebTrak is just one feature of LAWA’s new Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System (ANOMS). ANOMS features detection of noise and flight rule violations, rule and violation management, and wide area radar coverage combining flight tracks from more than one radar;
  • Noise Monitoring Solution. The City of Phoenix has upgraded its noise and flight track monitoring system at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Era Systems’ Noise and Operations Management System (NOMS) and Bruel & Kjaer’s 3639E noise monitors. NOMS allows the airport to correlate aircraft identification data with flight tracks to determine specific aircraft noise levels;

Parking Solutions

  • Service Automated Valet. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport’s new customized valet parking system by Automated Valet services 28,000 parking spaces with a combination of wireless technology, software, and hardware. The Internet-integrated system monitors everything from flights, vehicles, and customers to employees, payroll, and revenue;


  • Computer-Aided Dispatch. Intergraph has successfully deployed a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system to enhance safety and security efforts at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports. By integrating multiple security systems, Intergraph’s CAD system improves the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) ability to expedite the process for dispatching emergency assistance at both airports, according to the company;
  • Access Control Software. Matrix Systems’ Frontier 2009 Access Control Software features embedded and user-definable access control graphics, and is a comprehensible security solution that provides real-time monitoring for access doors and alarm points for local or remote locations in the aviation market, the company says;
  • Comprehensive Security Software. Quantum Secure, a provider of enterprise software to manage and streamline security identities, compliance, and events across physical security systems, provides SAFE software for airports. SAFE features airside vehicle operator permit management; connection to existing physical access control systems; credentialing identity capabilities; biometric systems integration; integrated airport physical security event management; and more, says the company;
  • Authentication Reader. TransCore’s Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) handheld mobile authentication and validation reader is an integrated solution consisting of an infrastructure component which links to global identity management systems and software for readers;
  • Surveillance Towers. ARINC Incorporated has provided a security monitoring solution based on mobile video surveillance towers to enhance perimeter security at Indianapolis International Airport. The airport uses five independent mobile towers to enhance perimeter security around the airport complex, including the terminal and airfield;