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SKY LIGHT AIRCRAFT SYSTEM

In July 2015, Nabla Quadro started an R&D project to upgrade the Sky Light Sensor – Parking Version, which is based on optical and magnetic detection principle. The aim is to optimise this device to monitor aircraft parked at an airport stand, where aircrafts are directed after landing. The output is a brand-new product: Sky Light Aircraft System. Its main purpose is to solve the issue of knowing exactly when an aircraft occupies a stand, and also doing it in real time. In fact, airports don't have any certified system that is able to state the exact block-on and block-off times for airplanes in the remote stands. There are often inconsistencies between the communications made by airline pilots and ground handling operators. Sky Light Aircraft System is a wireless system to monitor individual stands, giving the exact on block and off block times. In this way, the airport is able to provide official and accurate data, avoiding misunderstandings between airlines and ground handling companies.

The R&D activity is constantly supported by tests on site in the airport area, in order to prove the effectiveness of the detection in the same conditions the device will be working during its life.

The test site is inside the Milan Malpensa Airport, which is managed by SEA Aeroporti di Milano SpA.

The first stage of the project involved two stands, one equipped with 4 sensors, the other with 2 of them. It lasted 6 months and led to determine the optimal layout for sensor installation in airport stands, in order to detect aircrafts of any size. Moreover, the algorithm parameters have been refined to adapt to this precise and unprecedented purpose of detecting aircrafts.

 

sensori milano malpensa

sensori milano malpensa

 

The second step of this project started in September 2016 to prove the effectiveness of the R&D developments accomplished in phase one.

The installation of Sky Light Aircraft System - 2.0 version took place in March 2017, involving 18 airport stands within the Terminal 2 of Milano Malpensa Airport. Data are continuously under analysis and they will be for 12 months, in order to evaluate the performance of the system in any meteorological condition and temperature.

 

sensori milano malpensa

sensori milano malpensa
sensori milano malpensa

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