Newark Liberty International Airport and Boston Logan International are now operating with Sensis Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X). ASDE-X is a runway incursion detection and alerting system that is now operational at 19 U.S. airports through the FAAs ASDE-X program. The FAA will deploy ASDE-X to a total of 35 airports by 2011.
ASDE-X combines surface movement radar, multilateration and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) to provide air traffic controllers with highly accurate, real-time position and identification information of all aircraft and vehicles on the airport surface. By integrating multiple sensor technologies, the system delivers a comprehensive picture of ground operations, increasing controller situational awareness and improving airport safety in all weather conditions. The system also features advanced runway conflict detection and alerting technology, Safety Logic, which uses complex algorithms to alert controllers of potential aircraft or vehicle incursions. ASDE-X is compatible with NextGen systems such as ADS-B and will serve as the basis for the FAAs Runway Status Lights (RWSL) program.
The deployment of ASDE-X at Newark and Boston is a significant upgrade to the previous systems, said Marc Viggiano, chief operating officer of Sensis Corporation. With ASDE-X, controllers now have more robust conflict detection and alerting functionality that improves the safety of operations on the ground. The system also provides greater situational awareness of the runways and taxiways, such as accurately seeing the queue for departure, to more efficiently manage ground traffic. This will help reduce delays and improve the flying experience.
At John F. Kennedy International Airport, the flexible ASDE-X platform is providing the precise surveillance data needed to support the FAAs trial of Sensis Aerobahn airport automation and management tool. The FAA is using Aerobahn to observe and measure ground operations to address potential changes to airport operations that would ease congestion and flight delays.