Airport Solutions: Case Study

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Remote Surface Management & Zone Occupancy, Dubai International Airport

Dubai Airports

Dubai Airports owns and manages the operation and development of both Dubai International (DXB) and Al Maktoum International (DWC) airports. DXB is recognized as on of the busiest airports in the world, serving more than 66 million people a year, flying them to over 260 destinations and across 6 continents on more than 140 scheduled airlines.

Challenge

To automate airfield lighting operations at DXB of two taxiway intersections and remotely monitor each area.

The Solution
The Solution

The Searidge Remote Surface Management and Zone Occupancy solution provides Airfield Lighting (AFL) operations with the capability to remotely monitor the area with a real-time video of the full coverage area presented via a one-look panoramic display. They are also able to detect and track all targets in the given area and are provided zone highlighting functionality which show if the monitored area is occupied or vacant.

The solution uses commercial day, night, and thermal camera sensors, and Searidge proprietary software, making visually obstructed and geographically remote areas easier and safer to manage and provides a cost effective method for advanced surface management. The flexibility and scalability has enabled DXB to recently add three additional monitored areas, extensive integration with existing airport systems and additional automation capabilities. The coverage area now consists of four critical intersections that cross two parallel taxiways and connect to adjacent service roads.

Searidge has also integrated its platform with other airport data sources to provide Operators with a comprehensive view of the airport surface that includes information such as push back clearance, traffic light status, visibility category and call signs. The system also shows zone occupancy (red/green) of monitored areas, can predict the crossings aircraft will intersect, mark distance to crossings and can automatically switch to thermal camera coverage when visibility drops below a defined value. All this information is presented on the Searidge heads-up display to allow Operators to make informed, efficient decisions while managing the surface.

Status: Operational

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

Results

  • Real-time continuous operations during day/night and all weather conditions
  • Customized heads up display
  • Smoother aircraft handoff
  • More efficient use of human resources
  • Increased safety through increased situational awareness
  • Increases efficiency of operations, eliminating manual procedures