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Saab ASSC Improves Situational Awareness at San Francisco Airport

By Juliet Van Wagenen | October 17, 2016
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San Francisco International Airport. Photo: San Francisco International Airport

[Avionics Magazine 10-18-2016] Defense and security company Saab’s Airport Surface Surveillance Capability (ASSC) is now operational for the FAA at San Francisco International Airport (SFO).

SFO is the 36th airport in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) to receive the capability. ASSC is delivered by U.S.-based Saab Sensis, which is part of Saab’s surveillance business area; it provides air traffic controllers in the tower with situational awareness of the airport surface, helping them to safely guide aircraft and vehicles at the airport.

SFO is the first of eight ASSC deployments planned by the FAA that will incorporate Saab’s multilateration, safety logic conflict detection and alerting, air traffic controller working positions, and recording and playback functionality. ASSC processes Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data along with other sensor sources to provide a single, fused view of the airport runways and taxiways. In addition, the flexible nature of the ASSC system architecture enables future airport surface safety enhancements, such as Runway Status Lights (RWSL), which is currently being deployed at SFO, and airport surface movement data distribution to other approved systems and users.

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