(CAPA) Sensis Corporation announced its Airport Surface Detection
Equipment, Model X system (ASDE-X), at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
is operational. ASDE-X uses a combination of surface movement radar, transponder
multilateration and ADS-B sensors to provide air traffic controllers with an
accurate picture of the location and identity of aircraft and vehicles on the
"In addition to making it more challenging to managing traffic on the airport surface, growth in US aviation is causing serious capacity problems at many airports, resulting in an increase in system-wide delays," said Tony Lo Brutto, Vice President and General Manager of Sensis Air Traffic Systems. "While increasing safety, ASDE-X will also help to alleviate delays by providing controllers, airlines and airports with a continuous picture of ground traffic bottlenecks at our nation's busiest airports."
In addition to providing controllers with a picture of the airport surface, the ASDE-X system's conflict detection and alerting technology, Safety Logic, uses advanced algorithms to detect and alert controllers to potential aircraft and vehicle collision situations. ASDE-X also supports future technologies such as ADS-B for a seamless transition to the next generation air traffic surveillance system.
The FAA is in the process of deploying the ASDE-X system to a total of 35 of the nation's airports. With the addition of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the system is operational and commissioned at eleven airports.