Ottawa-based Searidge Technologies, provider of intelligent video solutions to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airports, announced that its ATC-grade video system and intelligent video platform, IntelliDAR has been selected to enhance Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower situational awareness at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
Winnipeg Airports Authority (WAA), owner and operator of Richardson International Airport, has awarded Searidge a contract to provide surface surveillance on the apron area and two adjoining taxiways north of the airport's terminal building. The Searidge video solution will enable air traffic controllers to have a clear view of the specified area and result in a more efficient operation by eliminating the need for time-consuming procedures currently used to manage the area and subsequently increase throughput of the airport. It will also provide controllers with tracking data of all vehicles in the ramp area and will be integrated by NAV CANADA with the airport's existing Indra Navia NOVA 9000 Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) to provide smooth aircraft hand-off from two taxiways to the new apron area. (For more detail see Indra Navia Integrate Searidge Intelligent Video to Deliver Seamless Airport Surface Surveillance)
“Searidge offered a comprehensive solution that can immediately improve our controllers’ line-of-sight to the monitored area and the flexibility to grow to accommodate our future requirements,” says Michael O’Gorman, vice-president operations, Winnipeg Airports Authority. “The system will enhance situational awareness for a key stakeholder at our airport, NAV CANADA, reduce fuel burn for the airlines, and maintain the highest level of safety.”
The Searidge ATC-Grade video system continuously monitors and presents real-time video feeds from digital camera sensors to a one-look display - giving controllers a real-time view of the monitored area. Full visual confirmation of the situation helps controllers effectively manage the ground traffic with a high degree of confidence. IntelliDAR is a robust, non-cooperative surveillance system that provides critical detection, positioning, classification and tracking of all targets on an airport surface. The system outputs surface movement reports in ASTERIX format designed for seamless integration into the existing A-SMGCS, providing users with a complete comprehensive view of all activity on the airport surface.
“We are very excited to be working with another leading Canadian airport,” says Alex Sauriol, Vice President, ATM/airport technology, Searidge Technologies. “With the implementation of our ATC-Grade Video and IntelliDAR systems we are able to help address efficiency and capacity challenges of today, while continuing to look at opportunities for operational improvements through technology automation.”