EAST SYRACUSE, NY – September 1, 2009 – Boston Logan International Airport is now operating with Sensis Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), a runway incursion detection and alerting system. Logan is the 19th airport to receive the technology through the FAA’s ASDE-X program. A total of 35 airports will have ASDE-X by 2011.
ASDE-X combines surface movement radar, multilateration and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) 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 sensor 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 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 gives controllers a comprehensive view of all aircraft and vehicles operating on Boston Logan’s intricate system of runways and taxiways,” said Marc Viggiano, chief operating officer of Sensis Corporation. “The system also meets the challenge of providing accurate, reliable surveillance in all weather conditions as a result of multiple surveillance sources.”