Istanbul Airport chooses ADB Safegate to automate aircraft docking
Istanbul iGA Airport in Turkey has selected ADB Safegate solutions to automate aircraft docking in all weather conditions and improve parking accuracy.
The airport has deployed ADB Safegate’s advanced Safedock T1 visual mooring guidance systems (A-VDGS) and the SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) system.
As part of the turnkey contract, IGA Istanbul Airport received 151 Safedock T1 A-VDGS from ADB Safegate.
The contract also covered the design, delivery and installation of the systems, as well as a two-year agreement for 24-hour maintenance, supported by a local team.
Equipped with digital laser and 3D scanning technology, Safedock T1 A-VDGS is believed to deliver the precision and availability required to automate the aircraft docking process.
In addition to all types of aircraft, the Safedock T1 A-VDGS is suitable for tight parking spaces and complex door arrangements.
SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) serves as an integrator linking the Safedock A-VDGS with other airport systems.
This SAM feature allows flight and turn information to be shared with flight and ground crew.
Information is shared through Safedock’s Ramp Information Display (RIDS) system.
Due to the sharing of accurate blocking times and other real-time data, the efficiency of the recovery process increases, ADB Safegate said.
Aziz Cakir, Vice President of ADB Safegate for Middle East and Africa, said: “At its maximum capacity, Istanbul iGA airport will be able to handle 150 to 200 million passengers by year and needs a partner who can support them every step of the way.
“We have already proven our capabilities with the successful installation of 35,000 smart lights for the aerodrome. With this contract for apron systems, we are demonstrating how the airport can benefit from our integrated approach to airport performance covering gate, airfield, tower and analysis. ”
ADB Safegate claimed that the integration of space-filling with the Advanced Surface Movement Control System (A-SMGCS) enables continuous monitoring of an aircraft’s movement in the gate area and will support the activation of mooring systems and green tracking (FtG) guidance solution.
The FtG solution uses green runway / taxiway center line lights and apron entrance lights. These lights help guide an aircraft into the boarding area from which A-VDGS takes over, then guide the pilot to the precise position for the aircraft to stop.
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