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Development of a robust cost-effective collision awareness and avoidance system for ground support equipment operating on the airport ramp

Objective

Even without taking into account expected increases in airport capacity, ground handling crews responsible for aircraft turnaround are already operating under time constraints and in highly congested areas, often in difficult weather conditions. The outcome is damage on an extraordinary scale, to the hugely expensive aircraft they are servicing. The direct cost of ground accidents involving Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and their aircraft amounts globally to €1billion annually and a staggering €5billion in indirect costs. As more aircraft manufactured from composite materials come into service, these costs are likely to rise even higher. More worryingly, safety will be compromised as damage to composites can easily go unnoticed.

Existing state-of-the-art technologies cannot address this growing problem. The Ramp-Aware project will develop a novel system for sensing the location of GSE in relation to aircraft, thereby greatly reducing the number of costly collisions between GSE and aircraft. This system will provide a robust solution for its environment, by achieving the following objectives: specialist short range radar capable of 50mm ranging accuracy at 30m from aircraft with a vehicle orientation detection accuracy of 0.1° in all weather conditions and a GSE positional tracking system with overall accuracy of 50mm.

Using this solution the project expects to comprehensively address the problem of accidents involving GSE & aircraft on the ramp. In doing so, we will deliver €42.02 million revenue with a profit of €10.95 million to the SME partners after 5 years. This will lead to the creation of over 200 highly skill jobs, greatly reduce the enormous direct and indirect costs of damage for ground handling providers and airlines, alleviate travel disruptions to passengers, make the job of the ground handler more manageable and safer, reduce the emerging threat of unnoticed damage to composite aircraft which will maintain and improve air safety standards.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

MALLAGHAN ENGINEERING LIMITED
Address
Coalisland Road 69
BT71 6LA Dungannon
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 357 440
Administrative Contact
Kiera Mckenna (Ms.)

Participants (8)

NAVTECH RADAR LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 331 890
Address
16 Home Farm
OX12 8PD Ardington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Poulton (Mr.)
WLB LIMITED

Participation ended

Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 123 427,29
Address
Zinonos Sozou (Office 103) 11
1075 Lefkosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Silvia Sotiropoulou (Mrs.)
NUEVAS SOLUCIONES VIRTUALES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 218 154
Address
Calle Romero 12 Poligono Industrial Empresarium
50720 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Fernando Rivera Ferrer (Mr.)
AER LINGUS LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 20 400
Address
Head Office Building Hanger 6
Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Owlyn Lane (Ms.)
THE UK INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 14 922,71
Address
Pera Business Park Nottingham Road
LE13 0PB Melton Mowbray
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard Baker (Mr.)
INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DE ARAGON
Spain
EU contribution
€ 19 573
Address
Maria De Luna 8
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pablo Perez Benedi (Mr.)
INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 2 695
Address
Ioannoy Metaxa 59
19400 Koropi Attikis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Xenia Bania (Mrs.)
AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 148 394
Address
L Kiphisias 116 Kai Davaki 1
11526 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Niuoloios Makris (Mr.)