ADB Safegate will implement its most advanced Safedock A-VDGS at Seattle-Tacoma Airport


10 May 2018

ADB Safegate will implement its most advanced Safedock A-VDGS (Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System) and SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) solution across all gates at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), WA. The project will upgrade older A-VDGS already in operation with the Safedock T1 and install the docking guidance systems at more than 90 gates on Concourses A, B, C, and D, the North and South Satellite gates and gates included with the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF). SAM integration software will connect all A-VDGS units to enable automated aircraft docking and integrate with other systems and equipment to provide real-time status and updates, as well as automatic ramp information display (RIDS) capability that allows airlines to display critical flight information to ramp workers. To capitalise on this unprecedented growth and accommodate the demand for gates, the Port has several projects underway to improve service and reduce delay. Deploying the ADB Safegate technology to leverage existing and future gate use helps to manage the growing number of flights at Sea-Tac. The Port first installed Safedock A-VDGS in 2004 and has since equipped Sea-Tac with 21 systems. However, having A-VDGS at some, but not all gates, did not provide the seamless operation necessary to maximise gate performance. The new system will provide the Port and its airlines with real on-gate and off-gate information to better utilise existing gates. It will also extend real-time video of each docking for gate scheduling and airline asset tracking. The project will set up integration with the Airport Operational Database (AODB) and other Port systems to provide real-time gate availability data and usage statistics to the Port and its airline partners, as well as future-proof Sea-Tac for an Airport Collaborative Decision Making (ACDM) programme.

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