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DBIA to Become Lab for ‘Integrated Airport’

Daytona Beach, Fla. , July 11, 2006

A presentation yesterday about a proposed three-year project to test an “Integrated Airport” concept at Daytona Beach International Airport (DBIA) drew 49 participants from more than a dozen high-tech corporations and government agencies.

At the meeting, held at the airport, speakers described a partnership by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, DBIA, Lockheed Martin, and other technology developers to combine existing and emerging airport and aviation technologies in a seamless, integrated system that has never been tried at any airport.

“Some of these technologies have been around for a few years; all of them have proven effective and are available,” said John Metzner, Embry-Riddle’s vice president for global planning and program development. “What is unique is that they will be working together to provide complete situational awareness for all the airport’s stakeholders. This ability to share knowledge of operations will make airports in the future more efficient, secure, and safe.”

The information-sharing system would make it much easier for air traffic controllers, airline dispatchers, airport operators, ground services personnel, and security officials to improve the safety, security, and efficiency of air traffic management, airport and airline operations, and security.

Among those attending were Volusia County Council members Art Giles and Jack Hayman.

“The whole council is backing what’s happening there, and at the Research Park. This project is an important step for the county and its citizens,” said Giles. “When you see different corporations, and competitors, willing to integrate their technology, who better to do it with than Embry-Riddle? I think the airport is the right size for the testing of these technologies, plus there’s the Research Park the university is developing. Hopefully, one success will build on another. That’s the way things happen.”

“As a county, we’re searching to bring more aviation-related businesses here, especially in the areas of logistics and support. Embry-Riddle has a whole curriculum in those areas,” said Hayman. “This marriage of the university with the airport is fascinating. I think it will create synergy and new opportunities. We have the right players and technology, the need is there, and the timing is right.”

Some of the technologies that would be employed at DBIA include:

* A highly refined prediction of local weather for areas as small as one kilometer; useful for detecting wind eddies and other conditions that affect airborne and ground activity.
* An advanced infrared Doppler radar system that detects and tracks wind hazards and aircraft wake vortices.
* A millimeter wave sensor that uses a mini-radar network to detect aircraft, ground vehicles, debris, and wildlife.
* A motion-activated optical identification sensor that reads aircraft tail numbers to aid aircraft location; useful for identifying unapproved aircraft, people, and vehicular movement.
* Realistic three-dimensional graphic displays that create “virtual camera” effects of runway activity, visible by all approved airport personnel, from caterers and refuelers to airport managers; useful for more efficient, just-in-time scheduling of activities such as ground services, taxiing, takeoffs, and landings.

Organizations represented at the meeting:

Astronautics
Atlanta Systems Inc.
Barco View LLC
Contech
Daytona Beach International Airport
DLR (Germany)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Ensco
Federal Aviation Administration
FedEx
Halifax Chamber of Commerce
Harris
Janes Airport News
Jeppersen
Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions
Mosaic ATM
NATS (United Kingdom)
Northrop Grumman
Sensis
Telecordia
Transtech Airport Solutions
University of Southern Nevada
UPS
Volusia County Council
Volusia County Department of Economic Development

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world's largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 70 baccalaureate, master's and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., and through the Worldwide Campus with more than 150 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit http://www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.