Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS)
Advanced-Surface Movement Guidance and Control Systems (A-SMGCS) comprise a combination of systems that provides services and aids to aircraft and vehicles in order to maintain airport throughput under all local weather conditions, whilst maintaining the required level of safety; they support surface movement operations at an airport based on defined operational procedures.
A-SMGCS provide benefits to Controllers by:
- Providing a representation of the actual airport traffic on a display, independent of line-of-sight connection between the Controller and the object.
- Anticipating potential conflicts (e.g. hazardous situations between aircraft or between aircraft and vehicles).
- Providing alerts.
- Maintaining an acceptable level of operational efficiency under reduced aerodrome visibility conditions.
Currently available services
A-SMGCS currently provides two services:
- Surveillance service - provides airport traffic situational awareness through the identification, position, and tracking of aircraft and vehicles within a predefined coverage volume via a Human Machine Interface (HMI).
- Airport Safety Support service’s Runway Monitoring and Conflict Alerting (RMCA) functionality - contributes to operations by preventing hazards/incidents resulting from Controller, Flight Crew or Vehicle Driver operational errors or deviations.
Services in development
The following services are currently being developed by the A-SMGCS community:
- Airport Safety Support Service - two new functionalities are being developed and will be added to the support service, including Conflicting ATC Clearances (CATC) and Conformance Monitoring Alerts for Controllers (CMAC).
- Routing service – it will automatically generate individual routes for mobiles (aircraft or vehicles) based on known constraints such as standard taxi routes. This service will be a key enabler for functionalities such as the automated switching on/off of AGL (airfield ground lighting) and Route Deviation alerts.
- Guidance service – it will help Flight Crew and Vehicle Drivers follow their assigned routes in an unambiguous and reliable way. For example, by automatically switching on and off the taxiway centreline lights and stop bars at a specified distance ahead of individual mobiles whilst taking into account other traffic.
The EUROCONTROL’s Institute of Air Navigation Services (IANS) has developed a training course for users, who are interested in implementing and using A-SMGCS.
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