NAV CANADA, the air navigation service provider for Canada, is deploying Saab Sensis Corporation’s multilateration system for surface surveillance at Calgary International Airport.
The Saab Sensis multilateration system is expected to provide complete coverage of the runways, taxiways and terminal areas of the airport for improved all-weather surface situational awareness, says NAV CANADA. In addition, Saab Sensis VeeLo NextGen vehicle locators will be installed on vehicles operating on the airport surface.
Calgary International Airport is Canada’s third busiest airport and currently uses surface movement radar (SMR) for ground surveillance, according to NAV Canada. As part of the project, surveillance data from the Saab Sensis multilateration system will be fused with the SMR data for seamless, continually updated surveillance. In addition, the location and identity of vehicles equipped with Saab Sensis VeeLo NextGen units will also be incorporated into the air traffic controller’s surface display.
“Saab Sensis multilateration is a field-proven airport surface surveillance technology,” said Kim Troutman, NAV CANADA’s vice president of engineering. “The addition of Saab Sensis multilateration and vehicle locators at Calgary will complement existing surface movement radar to give NAV CANADA’s air traffic controllers improved situational awareness,” he said, adding the changes “help meet NAV CANADA and the Calgary Airport Authority’s goal of improved efficiency.”