London Heathrow to use next generation A-SMGCS from Indra Navia
Posted by Maria Aas Borkenhagen on 30 July 2018 12:23 PM

Indra Navia’s next generation systems will play a key role managing the busiest airport in Europe and one of the main hubs in the world. 


Indra Navia InNOVA A-SMCGS at Heathrow


NATS has awarded Indra Navia the contract to supply London Heathrow Airport with their latest generation InNOVA product for Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control (A-SMGCS).

London Heathrow has been a user of Indra Tower systems since the early ‘90s. Currently there are four separate Indra systems installed at Heathrow; a tower display and surface movement system at the control tower, and separate systems at the Virtual Contingency Facility (VCF).

NATS’ Director of Supply Chain Tim Bullock said: “I am delighted that our strategic partnership has resulted in this award to Indra. It is the result of the long track record of collaboratively working together in the development and deployment of systems supporting the delivery of our services to our customers.”

The new InNOVA Ground system replaces the current surface movement system with new generation hardware, radar extractors and processors. It also provides the latest software with improved tracking and new display features. The system is capable of expansion with new SESAR functionality, such as advanced ground safety nets and integration of other tower functions.

Indra Navia will also re-configure the airport’s current systems such that instead of being four separate systems, there will be two fully integrated systems. These two systems will be installed in the Heathrow VCR (Visual Control Room) and the VCF, respectively, easing operations and maintenance.

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