ADB SAFEGATE wins bid to modernize advanced visual docking guidance at Frankfurt

Safedock X with multiple sensors brings significant improvements to the turnaround process and low-visibility operations

ADB SAFEGATE has won a contract with Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt International Airport, to modernize its Advanced Visual Docking Guidance Systems (A-VDGS) with its system Safedock X.

The project includes the replacement of all Safedock T1 systems with 117 Safedock X units, as well as the installation and commissioning of AiPRON Manager, an Airside 4.0 platform that ensures future-proof operations.

With completion scheduled for mid-2026, the project will deliver significant improvements, including improved detection capability in low-visibility conditions, such as fog, heavy rain, or snowfall, thanks to the addition of a radar sensor in the Safedock X.

The Ramp Information Display System (RIDS) function of the Safedock X will ensure better situational awareness for pilots and ground crew with a larger and more advanced display.

Integrated cameras in the new systems will provide a full monitoring of the ramp activities which to further increase the safety and efficiency of the turnaround process while offering blurring capabilities to protect the privacy of ramp personnel.

Rainer Baier, Senior Project Manager Airside Systems at Fraport AG, expressed his enthusiasm about the project, stating, “The continuous modernization of the flight operating systems at Frankfurt Airport is a strategic priority, and the introduction of the Safedock X marks a significant milestone in our journey.

“Compared to its predecessor, the Safedock T1, this latest generation offers many innovative additions that significantly enhance the range of functions available to the airport.”

Judith Kruse, Regional Sales Manager Apron at ADB SAFEGATE said: “We are looking forward to continuing our long-term and strategic partnership with Fraport by incorporating our latest innovative technologies supporting the digitization of the apron,” .

“Together, we can accelerate our shared digital transformation and automation journey while contributing to Fraport’s growth and sustainability goals.”