ADB Safegate helps bring Hamburg’s apron renovation vision to life

ADB Safegate will install Hamburg Airport with its integrated controller working position ‘OneControl’ to help manage the apron area smoothly and safely.

Germany’s fifth largest is served by over 60 airlines and operator, and Flughafen Hamburg, is renovating Apron 1, an area of 330,000 square meters with an investment of €120 million.

The airport will introduce Europe’s first-ever ‘Follow the Greens’ operations where individually controlled green lights guide the pilots safely towards the runway or parking positions and ‘OneControl’ will help the airport achieve this.

The solution introduces new user interface concepts by combining functions that traditionally reside in separate systems into a single screen application.

Additionally, the system is capable of controlling the lighting infrastructure of the advanced Follow the Greens concept to enable smoother, safer and more efficient operations.

Hamburg Airport director of aviation, Johannes Schamberg said: “New technology concepts not only help us prepare for rising traffic volumes and future-proof the airport, but also provide more sustainable infrastructure.

“By collaborating with ADB SAFEGATE, we will realise benefits of Follow the Greens and an integrated solution for apron control that can improve both safety and efficiency.”

ADB Safegate will install OneControl in Hamburg Airport’s Apron Control unit. The solution incorporates important Air Traffic Control systems into one consistent and user-friendly interface.

It combines multiple functions, starting with surveillance and airport safety support as well as routing and guidance service, adding workflow support, displaying meteorological data and and allowing AGL monitoring and control.

ABD Safegate chief executive officer, Christian Onselaere said: “The integrated controller working position now adds apron control solutions to our portfolio offer in Hamburg. The upcoming terminal extension as well as the refurbishment of the apron surface will lead to a changing environment, hence support for apron controllers is needed.

“With OneControl, Hamburg Airport is ready for future traffic growth. The project will run in several phases, supporting the airport in its development plans and facilitating a smooth transition in the individual refurbishment steps.”