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

Fort Myers, Fla. - USA
October 25, 2018

Safedock A-VDGS technology supports ramp safety and will create a more efficient gate operation at 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.”

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