Press release, March 21, 2018

Rosenbauer tracking and collision warning system for emergency vehicles at Frankfurt Airport

On-board system for real-time representation of the situation on the apron and tarmac

Fraport and Rosenbauer have worked closely together to develop a new, data-based security system for emergency vehicles at airports: MSEO (Mobile Services Einsatzmittelortung / Mobile Services Operational Resource Tracking). The system is based on the Rosenbauer EMEREC DEVS location and navigation system, and  for the first time provides the drivers of airport vehicles on the apron and tarmac with a complete overview of the ground situation, thus increasing the safety of all road users in this highly congested area.

Positioning with Proximity Alert
The apron and tarmac areas directly adjoin the terminal and extends to the runways. Here is where the planes are parked, refuelled, de-iced, manoeuvred, and prepared for take-off. Thus, there is heavy traffic. With the new system, the operational staff can now for the first time see from their vehicles, even if visibility is limited due to bad weather or darkness, where the other road users are, at what speed they are moving, and in which direction. Every object in the area, whether aircraft or vehicle, is equipped with a transponder that tracks its location in real time: Its position is displayed on current locational maps, and its future travel path is calculated. Due to the permanent proximity calculation of all moving objects, the system detects collision hazards early on and warns the vehicle crews in good time. This is the most important benefit of MSEO - Increased safety for ground traffic at airports through automatic collision warning.

Ground Location with Moving Maps
Traffic is depicted on high-performance tablet computers that are installed inside the vehicles. In the first phase, vehicles of the fire department and the de-icing service are to be equipped with the terminals. By summer, the 'Follow-Me' fleet will be connected, and by 2020 at the latest, all emergency vehicles (fire, winter, Follow-Me, security, other special vehicles) that travel across the Frankfurt Airport taxiing area will be equipped with tablets.

The ground situation around a vehicle is depicted on a moving map, with aircraft and vehicles being indicated with their identification including details such as type and parking position at a gate. Construction areas and safety zones, such as runways, are shown separately. Approach and collision warnings are given both visually and acoustically. In addition, MSEO provides functions such as fire protection plans, water supply points or P.O.I.s (Point of Interest).

A Networked Airport
MSEO is an expansion of EMEREC DEVS (Driver's Enhanced Vision System), the Rosenbauer tracking and navigation system for safety-critical infrastructures such as airports and industrial parks. It uses GPS technology to locate vehicles and accesses air traffic control data (airborne radar, ground radar, multilateration and ADS-B) to view the position of aircraft and other vehicles on the tarmac.

With MSEO, data that used to be primarily intended for air traffic controllers is now also available to emergency organizations operating on the apron and tarmac. The networking and integrated messaging feature also creates new communication channels.

SESAR EU Project
With MSEO, Frankfurt Airport expands its "on-the-ground safety network". The new system promotes the situational awareness and perception of road users in the vehicles and automatically warns them of dangerous situations, thus improving security on the apron and tarmac.

With the development and introduction of MSEO, Frankfurt Airport also makes an important contribution to the implementation of the content of the Commission Implementing Regulation 716-2014 (Pilot Common Project), which calls for data-based, integrated Airport Safety Nets as a prerequisite for modern air traffic management (ATM). MSEO is one of currently seven ongoing projects at Frankfurt Airport, which are in the scope of this regulation and are funded by the EU with up to 50 percent. The SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) program associated to this regulation, is the key pillar of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative, and aims capacity of European aviation is to be tripled, safety increased by a factor of ten and as a whole made more environmentally friendly and less expensive.

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