ADB SAFEGATE partners with Southwest Florida International Airport to improve gate performance

Safedock Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (A-VDGS) technology supports ramp safety and will create a more efficient gate operation at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) during regular and irregular operating conditions.

Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) in Fort Myers, Fla., has installed ADB SAFEGATE’s Safedock advanced visual docking guidance system (A-VDGS) on a gate in Concourse D of the terminal building. In addition, the airport, which is operated by the Lee County Port Authority, has placed an order for two additional A-VDGS as part of a year-long trial to decide whether to  expand the system airport-wide.

Jeff Mulder, executive director, Lee County Port Authority, said “With a record number of passengers flying through RSW, we were looking for technology that will help our operation run more safely and efficiently during all weather conditions. We look forward to having our airline partners and passengers benefit from this investment in the Safedock system.”

The airport is challenged by the number of ramp closures it experiences during lightning events. The Safedock A-VDGS provides active visual guidance allowing pilots to self-park aircraft. The automated system provides the fastest time to the gate and significantly improves operations and recovery during lightning by safely guiding pilots and allowing passengers to deplane at the gate – even when ground staff are not allowed on the ramp. The state of Florida experiences more lightning days than any other state and RSW is the fifth Florida airport to utilize Safedock A-VDGS from ADB SAFEGATE to improve performance during lightning events.

Southwest Florida International Airport has a lengthy history with ADB SAFEGATE. For more than 20 years, the airport has relied on ADB SAFEGATE to help keep their runway operational and safe. ADB SAFEGATE has furnished the airport with airfield solutions, including runway and taxiway lighting, guidance signs, NAVAIDs and airfield power systems.

“The Lee County Port Authority has been a long-time partner of ADB SAFEGATE on the airfield,” said Joe Pokoj, CEO Americas, ADB SAFEGATE. “We are excited to expand that partnership to include the gate area to help the county provide a safer, more efficient airport experience for their airlines and their passengers.”

ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of solutions that boost efficiency, improve safety and environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs for airports, airlines and ANSP’s. The company works with customers to identify performance bottlenecks and jointly solve them through integrated solutions that improve airport and airline performance. These solutions address every aspect from approach to departure – airport traffic handling and guidance, airfield lighting, tower-based traffic control systems, intelligent gate and docking automation, services and advanced analytics. ADB SAFEGATE has more than 1,100 employees across 45 nationalities in 25 countries, and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports globally, from the busiest and largest like Atlanta, Beijing, Dubai, Heathrow, Charles De Gaulle, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, New Delhi and Changi, to fast-growing airports across Asia and Africa.