Aircraft docking specialist ADB Safegate has launched Intelligent AiPRON, an innovative platform for managing airport apron operations.

The holistic, intelligent approach utilises machine learning technologies to provide better predictability of operations and bring the elasticity required to ensure a consistent level of safety, productivity, efficiency, and passenger experience despite sudden market changes.

“ADB SAFEGATE is continually innovating to provide new ways for airports and airlines to optimise operations that will ultimately automate the entire docking and turnaround process,” said Thorben Burghardt, VP gate at ADB Safegate. “With Intelligent AiPRON we are taking the natural next step by integrating all the systems and processes important to apron operations into a single ecosystem that uses the latest technologies to optimise taxiing, docking and pushback procedures and improve the efficiency and elasticity of ground handling operations as a whole.”

“The new platform seamlessly integrates with our Safedock advanced visual docking guidance systems (A-VDGS) and AiPRON Manager solutions installed on more than 12,000 gates around the world, allowing airports and airlines to further capitalise on existing investments. It can also be implemented where A-VDGS are not present yet,” he added.

The Intelligent AiPRON portfolio includes five add-on software modules that are easy to deploy via a unified web portal: AiPRON Manager (formerly known as SafeControl Apron Management), which collects and presents real-time intelligence for apron operational performance; AiPRON 360, a smart solution to manage aircraft turnaround activities from landing to take off; AiPRON Resource, an AI-driven and KPI-focused stand and gate resource allocation solution; AiPRON Connect, an integration solution for scheduling and tracking usage of ground service equipment; and AiPRON Finance, an apron-focused aeronautical revenue calculation and invoicing solution.

Intelligent AiPRON is founded on the concept of Augmented Intelligence, a subsection of AI machine learning, designed to assist and improve human decision-making with more thorough analysis of information and data collected. “Essentially, it is not good enough to tell the user there is going to be a problem. AiPRON constantly analyses the data in real time and creates recommendations on how to improve the turnaround process or mitigate any foreseeable irregularities to stay on top of on-time performance,” said Ilya Burkin, ADB SAFEGATE’s business development director APRON Solutions.

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