collins aerospace sign mou to enhance flight and tarmac safety and efficiency
January 1, 2020
Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies, is teaming up with its fellow GLOBALink providers – Aviation Data Communication Corporation (ADCC) and Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Limited (AEROTHAI) – to enhance safety and efficiency for flight and tarmac operations in Asia. The three companies have signed a memorandum of understanding to leverage each company’s existing technology to provide communication solutions to stakeholders on the tarmac.
For more than two decades, Collins Aerospace, ADCC and AEROTHAI have collaborated to provide the industry standard for crisp, clear communications between flight and ground crews across the globe. Equipped with an operational vision to now provide data-centric solutions for the tarmac, the companies aim to transform the efficiency of airports, airlines, ground handlers and air traffic controllers.
“We recognized an opportunity to utilize sensors on tarmac ground service equipment for usage tracking, predictive maintenance and even monitoring speed and safety in critical areas where airplanes may be parked,” explains Clotilde Enel-Rehel, general manager for Commercial Aviation & Network Services for Collins Aerospace. “That’s just one example of how this collaboration will create a connected tarmac, and, in turn, enable true schedule optimization.”
Another example is enabling ground communications to help guide an aircraft to its gate during foggy weather when air traffic control tower personnel aren’t able to assist.
“Communication is critical in the aviation industry, and not just for those in the air or in the tower,” explained Mr. Somnuk Rongthong, president of AEROTHAI. “By creating a more connected environment we help airports digitally transform through technology and automation – future-proofing their operations for years to come.“
Dr. Zhu Yanbo, vice president of ADCC, added, “Together we are able to do something no single company can do. By connecting the entire airport ecosystem, we are able to help our customers achieve a safer and more efficient process that air traffic management, airports, airlines and ground handlers want and need.”
ADDC is a joint venture invested by Air Traffic Management Bureau of CAAC and key airlines including Air China, China Eastern and China Southern. From its establishment in 1996, ADCC is the only datalink service provider in China.
AEROTHAI is a state enterprise founded in 1948 to provide air traffic control and aeronautical communication services for airline operations. The company provides aerodrome and approach control services at all commercial airports in Thailand.