LFV and Combitech are developing technology for increased safety at airports

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LFV and Combitech are developing technology for increased safety at airports

07 March 11:03

LFV and Combitech are developing innovative technology that will enable airports to improve ground safety by radically reducing the risk of unauthorized ground vehicles on the runway. These are termed Runway Incursions (RWI).

"In collaboration with the aviation industry, LFV develops smart solutions for future flights. This new technology for reducing the number of runway incursions is a good example of how LFV works with flight safety, innovation, efficient working procedures and customer focus," says Gunnar Olsson, Research and Innovation at LFV.
All vehicles at an airport automatically report their positions and identity up to ten times per second. This information enables air traffic controllers to coordinate ground movements of aircraft and vehicles via their display unit with high precision, thus avoiding the risk of incidents.
In collaboration with LFV among others, the RISE Viktoria research institute has developed DRIWS (Digital Runway Incursion Warning System), a pilot system that has been demonstrated to a large number of stakeholders.
"The system has been built to meet the requirements of the Swedish Transport Agency and takes safety one step further, particularly in poor visibility conditions and at night," says Jonas Didoff, project manager at RISE Viktoria.
The system is based on an idea from the RISE Viktoria, who through their work in the automotive automation has extensive experience in connected vehicles. Combitech and LFV are now taking it to the next stage, a commercial product, which will be tested at Umeå and Örnsköldsvik airports in spring 2017.
"DRIWS is an excellent example of digitalization and application of IoT (Internet of Things), with a cost-effective mix of newly developed hardware and software in combination with commercially available technology for communication and satellite navigation, where quality assurance, and integration with other air traffic control systems have been taken into account," says Magnus Johansson, business area manager at Combitech.
"This is an example of really good collaboration between research and industry," says Gunnar Olsson. The project has been developed from concept to final product in just over a year.
After approval by the Transport Agency, the system will be made available at all airports in Sweden. Solutions for safer traffic at airports must be implemented by the beginning of 2018 at the latest according to EU requirements.

LFV operates air traffic management and associated services for civil and military aviation and is Sweden's leading player in this area. Through various forms of collaboration, LFV also participates in the development of European airspace. LFV has long experience in providing air transport consultancy services in the international market. Research and development is one of its focus areas and LFV offers smart solutions for future aviation. LFV was first in the world to develop remote controlled air traffic management, a completely new method of controlling aircraft which is currently attracting global attention. LFV has 1,100 employees and a turnover of SEK 3.1 billion. Read more about LFV at lfv.se.

Combitech is a Nordic technology consulting firm with approximately 1,900 employees in Sweden, Norway and Finland, with special focus on digitalisation and cyber security. The company is an independent subsidiary in the defence and security group Saab AB. You can read more about Combitech at combitech.com.

RISE Viktoria is a non-profit research institute focusing on sustainable mobility. RISE Viktoria is situated in Gothenburg, Sweden and employs more than 80 researchers within the area of information and communication technology (ICT) for the automotive and transport sector. In close cooperation with the industry, the public sector and academia, RISE Viktoria performs applied research and development within five different application areas: Digitalization strategy, Sustainable business, Autonomous transports, Electrification and co-modal transports. RISE Viktoria is a part of RISE. Read more at viktoria.se and ri.se.