George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston, TX) is now operating with Sensis Corporation’s Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), an advanced runway incursion detection and alerting system. Thirty-five airports will receive the technology through the FAA’s ASDE-X program.
ASDE-X combines surface movement radar, multilateration and Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS-B) surveillance information to provide air traffic controllers with highly accurate, real-time position and identification information of all aircraft and vehicles on the airport surface. By integrating multiple surveillance technologies, the system delivers a comprehensive picture of ground operations, increasing controller situational awareness and improving airport safety in all weather conditions. The system also features advanced runway conflict detection and alerting technology, Safety Logic, which uses complex algorithms to alert controllers of potential aircraft and/or vehicle incursions. ASDE-X is compatible with NextGen systems such as ADS-B and will serve as the basis for the FAA’s Runway Status Lights (RWSL) program.
“ASDE-X provides the controller with the situational awareness and conflict detection and alerting capability to enhance runway safety,” said Marc Viggiano, chief operating officer of Sensis Corporation. “The precise surveillance from ASDE-X will directly support additional FAA runway safety initiatives such as Runway Status Lights, which will provide visual conflict alerts directly to the pilots.”
George Bush Intercontinental Airport is the 21st airport operational with ASDE-X.