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Intelcan wins contract for ADS-B Ground Stations in Paraguay
March 3, 2014
Intelcan signed a contract for the supply, installation and commissioning of six SKYSURV ADS-B Ground Stations to enable ADS-B based surveillance coverage of Paraguayan airspace by the Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (DINAC).
SKYSURV ADS-B /GS is the most suitable, cost-effective solution to accommodate Paraguay’s varying terrain and accomplishes more than conventional radars, especially in low flight levels. Intelcan’s ADS-B /GS provides coverage that existing radar sensors cannot reach.
Intelcan offers a complete Surveillance product portfolio which includes Primary Surveillance Radars, Secondary Surveillance Radars, ADS-B and Multi-Lateration. SKYSURV ADS-B /GS provides flexibility, accuracy and reliability for en-route, terminal area and surface movement. When implemented in conjunction with traditional radar, the SKYSURV ADS-B /GS decreases gaps in surveillance coverage. SKYSURV ADS-B /GS can also be utilized as a standalone system.
Systems Interface joins the Frequentis Group
March 3, 2014
Systems Interface has become a UK based member of the Frequentis Group of companies following the acquisition of a controlling shareholding by Frequentis AG. Systems Interface will continue to trade in its role as a successful systems design and integration company operating within the ATM sector as part of the Frequentis Group.
Managing Director Caroline Webster said: "Frequentis AG share the same core values and their investment allows us to benefit from greater opportunities and business potential around the world while providing both existing and future customers and associates with a wide array of competitive in-depth ATM services."
Systems Interface began trading in 1982 and since that time their business has evolved and developed. This continued growth has enabled them to invest in staff training and development and retain a high-calibre, committed and professional team that will continue to operate from their offices at Dunsfold Park, Surrey.
ALSTEF has been awarded BHS maintenance contract by ADP
March 3, 2014
ALSTEF has been awarded by ADP, (Aéroports de Paris), the maintenance of the complete Baggage Sorting System at Terminal 1 of CDG, (Charles de Gaulle Airport).
Forty airlines operate from this historical airport, where 30,000 bags are processed each day. To assure that the baggage system meets this requirement, ALSTEF has a dedicated team of Engineers, Maintenance Technicians and Operators, with 24 hour, 7 days per week assistance provided by PLC and IT Engineers based at the company’s head office. This organisation is one of the significant advantages that allowed ALSTEF to win this contract. ALSTEF also stood out from its competitors with its integrated management system that complies with the ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001 Standards, and the commitments undertaken with regards to quality, environment, and occupational health and safety.
This 6-year contract, based on a performance commitment, confirms ALSTEF’s position as a major player in the maintenance of baggage sorting systems.
ALSTEF already has teams based at other terminals of Paris-CDG for the maintenance of their baggage sorting systems, as well as in many other airports in France and other countries.
Tech Support Deal for New Automated Passport Control kiosks at JFK
February 20, 2014
ServiceTec International, Inc., a leading independent provider of managed Information Technology (IT) services specifically for airports and airlines, has been selected by the Terminal One Management, Inc. (TOMI), who run Terminal One at JFK International Airport, to support their newly installed Automated Passenger Control kiosks.
Automated Passport Control (APC) is an expedited customs entry process that is designed to help travelers move more quickly through the U.S. border clearance process by entering information at a self-service kiosk. APC is a free service and does not require pre-registration or membership. Instead of filling out a declaration card, passengers who are eligible can proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the passport control area.
ServiceTec has been supporting passenger self-service kiosks at airports since 1998 when Amsterdam Airport Schiphol first introduced them and is well used to the additional support challenges presented by these devices.
Airports & Regions welcome fresh clarity on EU State Aid rules
February 20, 2014
Following a 2 year review process, the European Commission (EC) has released its new State Aid Guidelines for the aviation sector, which will shape the public funding of EU airports in the years ahead. European airport trade body ACI EUROPE, together with the Assembly of European Regions (AER) generally welcomed the fresh clarity that these Guidelines should deliver, but also expressed concern about their medium-term impact on regional airports and connectivity.
Today, European airports are operating in a highly competitive market, yet smaller airports are structurally unable to sustain themselves. This is due to a combination of high fixed costs, limited access to non-aeronautical (commercial) revenues and lower yields compared to larger airports. As a result, clearer rules have long been needed to allow these airports to receive support where really necessary – particularly given it was widely acknowledged that the preceding Guidelines could not be enforced effectively.
The issue of State Aid is a difficult one, in this context. It is essentially a balancing act between limiting distortion of competition and market developments - the EC fully recognises that airports compete - versus the need to safeguard economic activity and social inclusion by ensuring regional infrastructure remains intact. The unparalleled connectivity that an airport can bring plays such an instrumental role in attracting and retaining economic growth - it cannot be omitted from the EU’s growth and jobs strategy.