ADB SAFEGATE has won a contract with Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt International Airport, to modernise its Advanced Visual Docking Guidance Systems (A-VDGS).

The project includes the replacement of all Safedock T1 systems with 117 Safedock X units, as well as the installation and commissioning of AiPRON Manager, an Airside 4.0 platform. Completion is scheduled for mid-2026, with the aim of delivering improved detection capability in low-visibility conditions, such as fog, heavy rain, or snowfall, thanks to the addition of a radar sensor in the Safedock X.

ADB SAFEGATE said the Ramp Information Display System (RIDS) function of the Safedock X will ensure better situational awareness for pilots and ground crew with a larger and more advanced display. Integrated cameras in the new systems will provide full monitoring of the ramp activities to further increase the safety and efficiency of the turnaround process.

Rainer Baier, senior project manager of airside systems at Fraport AG, said: "The continuous modernisation of the fight operating systems at Frankfurt Airport is a strategic priority, and the introduction of the Safedock X marks a significant milestone in our journey. Compared to its predecessor, the Safedock T1, this latest generation offers many innovative additions that significantly enhance the range of functions available to the airport."

Judith Kruse, regional sales manager apron at ADB SAFEGATE, added: “We are looking forward to continuing our long-term and strategic partnership with Fraport by incorporating our latest innovative technologies supporting the digitization of the apron. Together, we can accelerate our shared digital transformation and automation journey while contributing to Fraport's growth and sustainability goals."