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ATS software improves safety at Boston airport

Exelis : 13 March, 2014  (Application Story)
Boston's Logan International Airport is taking integrated software from Exelis for vehicle movement monitoring and ground vehicle tracking
ATS software improves safety at Boston airport

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has renewed and expanded its contract with Exelis to deploy a comprehensive package of situational awareness, decision-support, operations management and environmental compliance solutions. Under this contract, Exelis will deliver the Symphony suite of integrated applications to Boston Logan International Airport and Laurence Hanscom Field Airport. Hanscom is the largest general aviation airport in New England.

Symphony enables Air Navigation Service Providers, airports and airlines to proactively manage en route, terminal area and surface operations, enhancing overall safety and efficiency.

Procured solutions include Exelis Vehicle Movement Area Transmitters for airport ground vehicle surveillance, as well as Symphony MobileVue for displaying aircraft and ground vehicle tracking data on portable devices such as smartphones and tablets. Massport will continue its use of Symphony OpsVue for access to live gate-to-gate flight status information and Symphony EnvironmentalVue for enabling noise and operations monitoring.

The Massport contract also includes the deployment of Symphony PublicVue, an easy-to-use portal for an improved community information exchange. Symphony PublicVue provides visualizations and analytical flight-tracking capabilities to the public. This Web-based application allows the public to see aircraft flight-tracking data and submit feedback and noise complaints for improved community relations. Users can also define their location with a smartphone or tablet and show the relative position of the aircraft to that location.

“The deployment of the Symphony suite will provide Massport with a comprehensive airport operations management system on a single Web-based platform,” said Ted Carniol, general manager of commercial aviation solutions for Exelis. “Our data and applications will deliver to Massport a critical network of information to improve overall airport resource coordination, safety, system throughput and environmental compliance.”

As the prime contractor on the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast program, Exelis has developed a fused version of FAA flight track data. This data set, known as NextGen data, combines all available FAA surveillance sources fused with flight plan and third party information. The Exelis NextGen data provides the most complete, accurate and timely view of National Airspace System-wide enroute, terminal and airfield operations available.

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