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ADB SAFEGATE Australia has won the largest airfield lighting contract in its history and as a result is set to deliver its latest Airfield 4.0 technology to Western Sydney International Airport (WSI).

The greenfield airport, which is Australia’s largest aviation project with construction starting on it in 2018, is due to open in late 2026.

As the turnkey provider, ADB SAFEGATE’s scope includes the design, manufacturing, supply, installation, commissioning, and support of the airfield lighting solution and is scheduled for completion by May 2024.

It will deliver a complete airfield ground lighting (AGL) solution, including approach, runway and taxiway lights integrated with its new LINC 360 Individual Light Control and Monitoring System (ILCMS).

In turn, the ILCMS will be integrated into air navigation service provider Airservices Australia’s Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) platform. Besides precise control of individual fixtures, LINC 360 will offer true two-way data transmittal between airfield assets enabling 360-degree, real-time monitoring of the airfield creating actionable insights for air traffic controllers and maintenance.

LED AXON lights with built-in sensors capture and share data to facilitate predictive airport operations and provide better control under challenging conditions.

With these latest technologies from ADB SAFEGATE’s Aiefield 4.0 offering, WSI will be guaranteed intelligent airfield operations with fast control over airfield assets for optimal, more sustainable, and cost-effective airport performance.

Also known as Nancy-Bird Walton Airport, WSI is a greenfield project being built from the ground up. The project aims to improve access to aviation services in the region and resolve the capacity issue in the Sydney basin.

Western Sydney Airport (WSA) Co Ltd, the company set up by the Australian government to develop and operate the new airport, is looking to adopt state-of-the-art technology while focusing on sustainability and environmental impacts.

ADB SAFEGATE was subcontracted the airfield lighting component of the project by the contractor, a joint venture between CPB and Acciona.

“We are excited to be part of Australia’s largest aviation industry project,” enthused ADB SAFEGATE’s vice president for Australia & New Zealand, Christiaan Schenk.


Munich Airport International (MAI) – the international business subsidiary of Munich Airport – has strengthened its commitment to the Asian aviation market by opening an office in Singapore.

MAI notes that it has considered Asia-Pacific a key market since its early days when it worked on its first international project at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. It has since worked in India, Thailand, Singapore, Japan and Nepal among other countries across the region.

The new regional office is headed by Simon Lotter (pictured above), who joined Munich Airport as a consultant in 2011 as part of the ORAT project at Hamad International Airport in Doha.

MAI’s managing director, Lorenzo di Loreto, said: “Our Singapore office is the next milestone in MAI’s strategic growth in the region and clear proof of our strong and ongoing commitment to our partners, customers and projects in Asia-Pacific.

“This office will receive full support from MAI headquarters and will embody our strengths and 5-star airport operations expertise at its best.”

Lotter enthused: “I am looking forward to being closer to my customers and projects. With our new office in Singapore we are not only present but also ready to build a platform on our combined international and regional experience for further growth in areas of management, consulting, training and, equally relevant, innovation such as advanced air mobility, sustainability, capacity utilisation and passenger experience.”


Collins Aerospace and Materna IPS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to work together to provide passenger processing for airlines and airports around the world.

This focus on creating value from data is a key aspect of this collaborative approach and will, they argue, result in increased efficiencies and enhanced passenger experiences.

“Materna IPS’s self-service solutions are in line with increasing demand for a full end-to-end self-service journey and complement Collins’ commitment to delivering the next generation of digital solutions to the global aviation ecosystem,” said Rakan Khaled, general manager of airport solutions at Collins Aerospace.

“Passengers today expect a faster, intuitive and seamless experience,” said Dr Georg Oschmann, managing director of Materna IPS.

“Our systems, combined with Collins decades of integrated and intelligent solutions, that touch every aspect of air travel, will give airlines and airports the tools they need to adapt for the needs of increased passenger growth.”


Veovo has formed a global strategic partnership with OneAlpha, an Australian based airport slot management and capacity planning company, giving operators the ability to streamline the slot approval process while maximising the use of runway, apron and terminal capacity and resources. 

James Williamson, CEO of Veovo, said: “At Veovo, we continue to seek smarter ways to use new technologies and collaborate with partners with the goal of making airport operations more efficient.

“The strategic partnership with OneAlpha is an important step forward in removing many manual airport processes to facilitate better, faster operational decision-making across all time horizons, from slot management and capacity planning to the day of operations.”   


Port Hedland International Airport, based in a remote area of Western Australia and in the midst of a terminal redevelopment programme, has become one of the first regional airports in the Antipodes to embrace the cloud for common-use check-in and boarding systems.

The airport expects that turning to the cloud will give it an edge when it comes to passenger processing and sustainability and, as a result, has been able to retire traditional workstations.

Another benefit of the new cloud technology – courtesy of Amadeus’ Airport Cloud Use Service (ACUS) – is that it is expected to facilitate better collaboration within the airport itself as all stakeholders from airport to airline and ground handling staff can access critical passenger handling applications from anywhere, using an internet connection.

This includes the deployment of passenger systems and tools to off-terminal and off-airport locations, a strategy which could be implemented to reduce queues at the terminal and improve the service offered to passengers.

Such benefits have also convinced Wellington Airport to move to Amadeus ACUS, allowing the New Zealand gateway to offer a personalised service to passengers at check-in and boarding when flying with six airlines that include Qantas, Jetstar and Fiji Airways, by logging onto ACUS to access the airline system they need.

Talking about the benefits of ACUS to his gateway, Wellington Airport’s head of technology, Jeremy Burrows, said: “It means we’ve been able to retire 37 traditional workstations and ten servers, replacing them with modern thin clients which are ten times more energy efficient. It’s good for our bottom-line and for the planet to be greatly reducing our energy consumption like this.”


Location: Singapore
Type of business: IT and Communications
W: www.collinsaerospace.com

Airports, airlines and ground handlers around the globe rely on Rockwell Collins’ ARINC integrated airport solutions. The company’s products and services are used in over 100 airports worldwide to meet the challenges of growth in the number of air travellers and ever-increasing security measures. Its efficient and cost-effective shared systems feature biometric identity management for use at check-in, security access points and boarding gates including use with self-boarding gates and common use check-in on tablet devices.

Location: Australia
Type of business: Consulting & Management
W: www.landrum-brown.com

Landrum & Brown, Inc. (L&B) is an internationally recognised aviation planning and consulting firm with over seventy years of service to the commercial aviation community. The technical capabilities of L&B are organised into four areas of expertise: Airport Facilities and Operations Planning; Environmental Planning; Terminal Planning; and Financial Planning and Program Implementation. These specialised resources provide Landrum & Brown with the ability to respond to large scale and technically
challenging assignments that include forecasting, conceptual planning and design, financial feasibility, environmental approval and
programme implementation.

Location: Singapore
Type of business: Equipment
W: www.smithsdetection.com

Smiths Detection is a world leader in products and systems to detect and identify threats, safeguarding society against terrorism and criminality and protecting emergency responders and the armed forces. Its government regulated technologies detect explosives, chemical, biological and radiological threats, and narcotics and it has developed powerful X-ray screening systems to identify dangerous and illegal objects. Smiths Detection take science out of the laboratory and put it in the hands of security professionals.

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