Toronto Pearson installs ADB Safegate’s A-VDGS and apron management system

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Toronto Pearson International Airport has chosen ADB Safegate to supply its latest Safedock T1 advanced visual docking guidance system (A-VDGS) and SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) integration solutions.

Automating the aircraft parking process at Toronto Pearson with the Safedock T1 will help airlines park aircraft in all weather conditions and create a safer operation by reducing the opportunity for error.

By connecting the A-VDGS with other systems and equipment on the apron via the SAM system, the airport has support for airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) on the apron and can automatically share flight information, gate status and turnaround milestones in real time with all stakeholders to streamline operations.

Christian Onselaere, CEO at ADB Safegate, said, “Toronto Pearson was among the very first Safedock A-VDGS customers in the world. Our longstanding association has given us an understanding of their business and operations that will be incorporated into this comprehensive ramp solution that will help future-proof their operation and allow their A-CDM system to work from approach to departure. This will make it easier to manage apron operations and ensure the highest level of safety and efficiency.”

The integration of the new systems includes interlocking the Safedock A-VDGS with the passenger boarding bridges to ensure the bridges are in a safe position to dock aircraft; integrating the Safedock internal cameras with the airport’s CCTV System to enhance security and situational awareness in the apron area and provide information and feedback during incidents; and SAM will interface with airport’s Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) to communicate with external systems like flight information, lightning warning, resource management and collaborative decision making systems.

Chris Miles, director of operations aviation services at GTAA, added, “The Safedock A-VDGS and SafeControl Apron Management will become a vital component of our airside operations at Toronto Pearson.

“A more automated system will help us improve performance by turning gates more efficiently and will allow us to respond better during adverse conditions while also enhancing safety on the ramp.”

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