The growth and success of Copenhagen Airport places a premium on surface
management and the safety of increasing operations. Secondary Surveillance
Radar (SSR) solutions for surface management lacked the comprehensive
coverage and ability to track all aircraft and vehicles over Copenhagen’s airport
Copenhagen needed to achieve a single-view of aircraft and
vehicle movement which to put it simply could no longer be supplied effectively
or economically by traditional radar solutions. Copenhagen began researching
the proven benefits of a multi-sensor approach to surveillance with an Advanced
Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) which integrated
multilateration and ADS-B surveillance with existing radar data sources.
NAVIAIR, the Danish Air Navigation Service Provider, required improved airport
surface surveillance in order to maintain a high level of safety for airport
operations during adverse weather conditions and to reduce the risk of runway
incursion. NAVIAIR also required a single-view of aircraft and vehicle movements
over the complete surface coverage.
In 2003, after an international competition, Copenhagen awarded the program
to HITT as the prime contractor for the A-SMGCS integrating MSS with the
ERA network of sensors and SQUID vehicle tracking units. To meet
the challenge and solve NAVIAIR’s problems, HITT developed and delivered an
A-SMGCS system compliant with EUROCONTROL and ICAO requirements. HITT ’s
solution comprised two Terma X-band Scanter Surface Movement Radars (SMR),
an ERA MLAT system, and an HITT A-SMGCS processing and display system.
The system supplied by HITT and ERA successfully completed full system
acceptance testing in January 2005. HITT ’s A-SMGCS solution fused the highly
accurate positional data from ERA’s ground-based stations (currently 23
stations) and vehicle tracking units (238 pieces in operation at present) with
radar data in one consistent traffic presentation. The system underwent three
rounds of extension by ERA single-handedly (finished in 2012 - 2013) and has
been in successful operations ever since, as illustrated by the Danish Civil
Aviation Authority’s granting of authorization to the airport to use the A-SMGCS
for air traffic control purposes.
Holland Institute of Traffic Technology (HITT ) is a leading provider of quality
traffic management and surveillance systems. HITT develops technology to
improve safety, security and efficiency at airports and in marine environments.
HITT Traffic provides turn-key solutions for: Advanced Surface Movement
Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS), Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), Platform
Protection and Coastal Surveillance Systems (CSS).
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"Copenhagen Airport is
using SQUID beacons
and we are
very satisfied with
the operational ATC
performance of these
and further report
them as being a
reliable product under
all weather conditions.
uses the SQUID
beacons in our
ASMGCS systems and
is very happy with
the performance and
accuracy that the
SQUID S provide."