Tech Briefs

May 8, 2003

Rannoch Corporation is selected to implement the AirScene surveillance and airport management system at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. AirScene is designed to provide comprehensive aircraft noise and airport operations management. System includes noise and operations monitoring software integrated with a network of acoustic sensors and a flight tracking system.

ARINC Incorporated introduces a new enterprise database management system for airports, AirDB™. Designed to collect all types of data from multiple airport systems and deliver it through web-enabled communications features. AirDB uses active Web technology to push information in real-time to managers and systems both inside and outside the airport. Data collected can be used to perform planning, scheduling, and reporting for building, security, facility, and operational management.

ARINC also has deployed its iMUSE™ common-use passenger technology at Australia’s Melbourne Airport.

Avidyne announces it has received FAA?Technical Standard Order approval and a Supplemental Type Certificate for its FlightMax® EX500. With its integrated datalink transceiver, the FlightMax EX500 is designed to provide a high-resolution depiction of the weather along the route of flight, including NEXRAD and graphical METARs.

Clarity Visual Systems announces contracts with Boston’s Logan International, Philadelphia Inter-national, and Toronto?Pearson Inter-national airports to provide its 40-inch Clarity Wildcat Advanced Performance Liquid Crystal Display rear projection displays at various remodeled and newly constructed terminals. The projection units are designed to serve as way-finding displays, flight information displays, and signage in concourses and departures and arrival areas.

Ross & Baruzzini is currently designing a new $8 million multi-user flight information display system (MUFIDS) at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Construction is scheduled to begin summer 2003. This technology system is designed to serve the needs of more than 20 airlines with liquid crystal display (LCD) technology throughout the terminal complex. The LCD?multi-user flight information system will offer passenger improved clarity, more concise and real-time information, with systems integration that will benefit airport and airline personnel with an advanced, integrated operating system.

TSSI’s Verid+ fingerprint recognition unit now supports HID Corporation’s iCLASS 13.56 MHz read/write contactless smart card technology. Users are now able to enhance data access control with biometric identification. All radio frequency transmissions between the iCLASS?card and reader are encrypted and the cards can be customized to suit individual requirements.

Com-Net Software Specialists installs its ECLIPSX flight information display system (FIDS) software at the Atlantic Coast Airlines hub headquarters at Dulles International Airport. ECLIPSX-Display, a Microsoft® Internet Explorer® browser-based application, is designed to allow users to customize the appearance of the user interface on the workstations, including the amount of and order in which information is displayed and the length of time information is displayed.

Bridge Technology, Inc. is launching Next-Shuttle, a turnkey wireless vehicle tracking service accessed via the Internet for public and private transit providers. Next-Shuttle allows airport shuttle companies and other transit providers to create and monitor routes on maps, assign drivers to routes, monitor time, and customize configurations based on security levels. The system uses a wireless global positioning device mounted in the vehicle, which transmits information about the position, speed, and direction of the shuttle to a centralized processing center, maintained by Bridge Technology. Data can be accessed live from any PC, laptop, or PDA via the Internet.