What is 'Aerobahn' and Why are Airports Psyched for It?
Shopping around for an airport really isn’t an option. Sure you might have a couple that are convenient depending on your location, but you’re kind of stuck flying in and out of the one that’s the closest—or at least most accessible—from where you call home. However, if there was a way in which to choose something like an airport we’d probably make sure that it had some decent eats, clean and comfy terminals, and of course plenty of free WiFi. Now there’s one more thing to add to the list, and it’s called Saab Sensis Aerobahn.
This might be venturing into airport nerd territory, but we’re still excited to talk about it. Basically, Sensis Aerobahn is some new kind of high tech tracking system for airplanes at the airport. The browser-based surface management system knows where they are, where they are going, and where they are supposed to be. It can pretty much track planes through each and every step of the process while they are on the ground.
It’s a good thing because—at least in theory—Aerobahn can make things more efficient while saving cash and keeping everyone safe. Anytime the amount of taxiing over to the gate can be decreased is a certainly a good thing. Denver International Airport was one of the latest to install the devices—at a cool $2.5 million—and they’re now the proud owners of 30 different sensors here and there scattered across the airport.
Other airports have already installed the systems, and it sounds like they’re pleased with the outcomes and the options. Aerobahn could be monitoring your plane in US airports including Detroit, Minneapolis, Houston, Atlanta, Newark, and New York-JFK. So if you’ve got a choice between a couple different airports it might just be worth choose one with this newfangled Aerobahn thing—why not?
[Photo of DEN: mastermaq]