ATRiCS has successfully supported the SESAR European Airports Consortium (SEAC) in their validation activities for Validation Performance EXE-06.03.01-VP-759 (Release 5). The validation exercise was led by Flughafen München GmbH and Fraport AG and carried out from 20 to 24th April 2015 in Fraport's large scale Apron Tower Simulator. The exercise attracted a global audience of visitors interested in the “Follow-the-Greens“ concept and the corresponding operating procedures.
“Follow-the-Greens“ provides the flight crew with guidance indications during the taxiing phase on the airport surface by automatically illuminating individual taxiway centreline lights in front of the aircraft and also automatically switching off lights in areas where they are not needed. After the encouraging outcome of the 2013 validation exercise with the primary focus on the flight crew perspective, the centre of attention in this year's SEAC validation exercise was the effect on the work of controllers in the tower. “Follow -the -Greens” is part of the guidance module in ATRiCS' operational TowerPad. It consists of a Surface Manager (SMAN) and an Integrated Controller Working Position (ICWP) and was provided by ATRiCS in addition to a temporary upgrade of the dual tower simulator.
SEAC management concluded that the exercise went smoothly and the systems performed reliably and stable.
ATRiCS CEO, Wolfgang Hatzack, said: “We are happy that Flughafen München GmbH and Fraport AG have chosen ATRiCS to support them in SEAC's endeavour to contribute valuable, proven results to SESAR. This exercise is a great opportunity to analyse in more detail the effect of ‘Follow-the-Greens’ on human factors as well as on the operational key performance areas safety, capacity, efficiency, environmental sustainability and cost-effectiveness. It is exciting to witness a paradigm shift in the way aerodrome traffic is managed.“
ATRiCS Advanced Traffic Solutions GmbH offers airport-specific software solutions and consultancy services. ATRiCS products are used all over the world, wherever benchmarks are being set in the fields of modern integrated controller working positions, tower automation and taxi operations management. ATRiCS systems are used for individual route planning and guidance at transport hubs in Asia and the Middle East alongside with A-CDM applications geared at levering the optimal utilization of existing infrastructure. ATRiCS supports the introduction of operational traffic systems with a wide portfolio of simulation and validation tools.