The companies agreed to enter the strategic partnership based on a common interest to drive digitalisation at Frankfurt Airport.
ADB Safegate and Fraport have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to bring seamless integration between the tower and apron operations with digital solutions. The parties agreed to enter the strategic partnership based on a common interest to drive digitalisation, automation and a positive impact on sustainability at Frankfurt Airport (FRA), Germany’s largest aviation hub.
The MoU will set up a general framework for managed services to support the high availability of the safety critical ADB Safegate systems at FRA. It also ensures continued collaboration on long-term product roadmap development.
“Strong partnerships and collaboration are key to achieving our digitalisation and sustainability goals,” said Daniel Kösters, senior vice-president aviation airside, Fraport. “We look forward to working with ADB Safegate to bring technology for our customers and operations to the next level. One important goal is to enhance and stabilise operations, especially in low visibility conditions."
ADB Safegate is working closely with Fraport to deliver its OneControl solution at FRA. The software platform will orchestrate data, resources and decisions into a single screen for one of the world’s most demanding apron and runway operational concepts. The system reduces complexity and gives the tower full control over aircraft and ground vehicle movements to optimise throughput while enhancing safety and sustainability. Following a successful simulator site acceptance test (SAT) in 2022, Fraport and ADB Safegate are preparing for a go-live of the FRA OneControl solution by the end of 2023. This will mark the completion of the Apron Controller Working Position project.
The go-live of OneControl gives ADB Safegate an extensive footprint at FRA, including its Safedock advanced visual docking guidance systems (A-VDGS), and a radar extraction and tracking system. In late 2022, ADB Safegate was awarded a five-year framework agreement with Fraport that will include the delivery and installation of 65 Safedock X A-VDGS for the new Terminal 3 at FRA and the expansion of the airport’s existing SafeControl Apron Management system (now AiPRON Manager).
Image: ADB Safegate and Fraport