ENVISION is an ATM application-oriented research project which aims at making use of technical progress in CCTV cameras, LIDAR technology and image processing techniques, and at taking advantage of reduced equipment costs, to provide regional and local airports safe and affordable surface movements surveillance capabilities in support of A-SMGCS and A-CDM services.
The constant air traffic growth puts regional and local airports under pressure for increasing their capacity.
However, safety and efficiency gains allowed by the deployment of A-SMGCS systems currently remain out of most small to medium size platforms’ reach because of prohibitive infrastructure costs.
Due to the intrinsic attributes of current surveillance technologies and airport surface coverage constraints, airports are required to deploy complex and costly infrastructures involving multiple sensors of different kinds: ADS-B, MLAT, SMR.
In a stepwise approach, in two demonstration airports, the consortium will evaluate and demonstrate the operational, technical and economic feasibility of implementing CCTV and LIDAR technology in complement of ADS-B on the airport surface in providing identification and positioning data, which is an important step forward from the traditional MLAT and traditional SMR.
Additionally, the project will assess the benefits of using this technical solution to feed positioning data to A-CDM (Airport Collaborative Decision Making) information-sharing platform, updating airport milestones and providing a surveillance display to airport stakeholders.
Recording sessions have started in MURET airport.
ALTYS has attended (as a visitor) the ACI Europe SESAR Workshop.
The ENVISION concept was presented at the World ATM congress, 6th to 8th March in Madrid.