Airport Solutions: Case Study

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Remote Apron Management, Malta International Airport

Malta Air Traffic Services Ltd

Malta Air Traffic Services Ltd (MATS) is the country’s Air Navigation Service Provider. MATS provides a variety of services primarily aimed at ensuring that aircraft flying in the Malta Flight Information Region (FIR) are safely separated in accordance with international civil aviation regulations. Safety is therefore the first and foremost priority but MATS also aims to provide its services in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Challenge

The Apron Management Unit (AMU) at Malta International Airport (MIA) will be moved and co-located in the existing control tower. The move will result in the AMU having no view of the apron area.

The Solution
The Solution

The Searidge Remote Apron Management solution was deployed to provide MATS with Air Traffic Control (ATC)-grade video and a high resolution stitched video display of the apron area. The system continuously monitors and presents real-time video feeds from digital camera sensors to a one-look display and includes customized features to meet Malta’s requirements such as a video time stamp analysis, stale or invalid data warnings, and camera malfunction warnings. To replace the controllers’ previous out-the-window (OTW) view, video from cameras deployed parallel to each other were stitched together to provide a single panoramic view of the area. The system delivers full situational awareness of the area, helping controllers to effectively manage ground traffic with a high degree of confidence.

Following the successful deployment of the remote apron solution, MATS realized the value in increased situational awareness and has expanded the system to include full airport surface management. The expanded system

Status: Operational

The system is currently in operation and controllers rely on the system daily to effectively and safely manage airport traffic.

Results

  • Increased safety with complete situational awareness
  • Increased efficiency of operations, eliminating manual procedures
  • Improved communication specifications