ITT Exelis has been selected to provide airports in Colorado and Missouri with devices that work to provide controllers and pilots situational awareness during operations.
The vehicle movement area transmitters to be supplied to Denver International Airport and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have features that aim to track airfield activity and traffic on the ground, Exelis said Tuesday.
Exelis says it intends for the devices to improve surface safety in the runways, particularly during critical situations or emergencies.
“Having a common airfield operating picture for our air traffic controllers and key airport staff is a core component of airport surface operations,“ said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director at SLA, which already operates 40 VMAT devices.
According to Exelis, DEN expects to utilize 55 units, including the Exelis Symphony MobileVue, which tracks the signals from the transmitters using a smartphone or tablet.
The Federal Aviation Administration authorized the sale and use of Exelis VMAT devices in November of last year.