SOURCE: Rannoch Corporation

January 24, 2007 11:54 ET

Amsterdam Deploys ERA's Vehicle Tracking Units for Surface Management

ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2007 -- After a successful round of long-term testing, Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport selected ERA to support the vehicle tracking segment of its Advanced Surface Movement and Guidance Control System (A-SMGCS).

Dutch air navigation service provider, LVNL, evaluated all market leading vehicle tracking units, placing them through a demanding six-month trial period. LVNL focused mainly on reliability and ADS-B transmitting capabilities in highly obstructed airport areas. LVNL selected ERA's squitter beacon (SQB) as the best performing vehicle location technology among all vendors and extended the pilot program of 60 units to well over 300 units for a complete airport implementation.

"ERA's SQB units allow us to take full advantage of our A-SMGCS, providing air traffic controllers with a complete view of each vehicle's location, largely increasing safety levels at all areas on the airport's surface," says Ruud van Halm, Project Manager of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The ERA units operate seamlessly with the existing ground surveillance application, as all units are put through rigorous standards adherence allowing them to work with any ADS-B and multilateration surveillance system.

ERA's SQB units are equipped with smart Vehicle Location Transmitters, which transmit spontaneous Mode S reply, and a GPS receiver, which is used to track the vehicle location. These transmitters provide a constant, automatic stream of position and vehicle identification information to be displayed in the control tower. Thus, safety and efficiency are enhanced during all aircraft ground movements, even in the most adverse weather conditions.

Amsterdam's selection of ERA follows several recent deployments in leading airports worldwide including Copenhagen, Prague, Santiago and Cape Town.

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Rannoch Corporation is a pioneer and leading supplier of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic control, military & homeland security and airport operations markets. With proven multilateration and ADS-B technologies delivering high performance, high reliability surveillance solutions, the company has over 100 commercial, air traffic control, and military customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Rannoch and ERA systems are providing high performance, high reliability surveillance with hundreds of operational sensors covering the airspace of over 20 different countries around the world. Rannoch's investment in research and development and its track record of product innovation has resulted in a substantial patent portfolio. The company is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia with leading product research and development centers of excellence in the U.S. and Pardubice, Czech Republic.

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