Terma and ATRiCS agree to develop Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control System suited for medium-sized airports

- Freiburg, Germany

Terma and ATRiCS have signed a MoU to develop a cost-efficient Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A‑SMGCS) for surface surveillance on small to medium sized airfields.

The two companies agreed on the development of a surveillance system based on the advanced SCANTER 5502 Surface Movement Radar (SMR) and the embedded tracker from Terma, which eliminates the need for complex multi sensor data fusion.

Terma will introduce their well-proven tracker into the civil aviation market and provide the ASTERIX Cat. 10 tracks directly to the ATRiCS TowerPad®. The Terma tracker is already operational in the coastal surveillance and VTS markets. ATRiCS TowerPad® is the most advanced Integrated Controller Working Position in service today.

Small and medium sized airport operators can benefit from runway and airport safety nets, improved peak capacity, reduced fuel burn rates and increased situational awareness for both pilot and controller, especially in low visibility conditions.

Thomas Jensen, Vice President, Security Applications Terma Defense & Security said: "With the SCANTER 5502 radar and the addition of the Terma embedded tracking function we can feed the radar output data directly to the ATRiCS TowerPad® iCWP. Together we can provide a complete awareness, routing, guidance and control solution for many small to medium sized airports, of which there is a substantial number around the world, thus enhancing airport safety for a relatively small investment."

Wolfgang Hatzack, ATRiCS CEO, commented: "Hundreds of smaller airports can be fully and reliably covered by just one SMR. This SMR sees all traffic including VFR and other non-cooperative targets. Combined with the ATRiCS TowerPad® this solution provides many A‑SMGCS functions in a modern controller working position".

About ATRiCS
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.

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