In its offering, Saab Sensis is likely to draw on the experience it has gained through the use of its Aerobahn airport surface management system at several U.S. airports. The most notable of these deployments is at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it was purchased by the airport but also used by airlines, the FAA and other stakeholders to improve operations in a CDM environment.
The TFDM program could be the vehicle for extending CDM activities such as those at JFK to other airports, says Viggiano. “The days of a standalone, isolated system just serving one stakeholder are receding,” he says. “Everything is connected—if you fix one problem at the gate, you run into another bottleneck somewhere else on the [airport] surface.”
Saab Sensis is also involved in Airservices Australia's project to upgrade its tower systems, along with Nav Canada. Under a 2009 contract, the company has deployed automation systems—including electronic flight strips—at four initial sites.
It has already been commissioned at smaller airports at Broome and Rockhampton, and is due to be commissioned at major airports in Adelaide by midyear and Melbourne later in the year. The contract also includes options for a further 20 airports.
Airport surveillance is another of Saab Sensis's main focus areas. In the U.S., it manufactured and deployed the FAA's airport surface detection equipment—model X (ASDE-X) system at 35 airports, which draws data from sources including automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) and multilateration.
Now, it is deploying a very similar system at another nine airports that did not receive ASDE-X, under the FAA's airport surface surveillance capability (ASSC) contract. The contract, announced in January 2012, is worth up to $119 million if all options are exercised. The initial ASSC system will be in San Francisco, with commissioning expected in March 2014.
Saab Sensis is also heavily involved with ADS-B and wide-area multilateration in airspace surveillance applications. It has provided ground infrastructure for Nav Canada's extensive ADS-B program, among other global customers. Currently, the company is particularly active in Europe.
Austria's Austro Control is this year expected to launch a nationwide multilateration and ADS-B surveillance network. Saab Sensis has provided 62 ground stations, with site acceptance testing scheduled to occur over the next two months. Austro Control was previously one of the first to provide multilateration surveillance for terminal airspace, at Innsbruck.
Sweden's ATM provider, LFV, has also begun deployment of a nationwide multilateration surveillance network supplied by Saab Sensis, and has recently completed the first phase of this project.