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Sensis Deploys 13th ASDE-X at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Aug 14, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)


EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y., Aug. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensis Corporation's Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X) is now operational at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Detroit Metro is the 13th airport to be commissioned through the FAA's ASDE-X program that will deploy systems to a total of 35 airports nationwide.

ASDE-X fuses ground surveillance data from a number of sources to provide air traffic controllers with real-time, highly accurate position and location information of all aircraft and vehicles on the airport surface. By combining surface movement radar, transponder multilateration and Automatic Dependent Surveillance -- Broadcast (ADS-B), ASDE-X provides seamless, redundant coverage in all weather conditions. The system also features an advanced conflict detection and alerting technology, Safety Logic, which uses complex algorithms to discern and alert controllers of potential aircraft or vehicle incursions on the runway.

In addition to ASDE-X, Sensis is deploying its Multistatic Dependent Surveillance (MDS) multilateration at Detroit Metro for Precision Runway Monitoring -- Alternative (PRM-A). MDS will provide surveillance for simultaneous parallel approaches to runways 4L/22R, 4R/22L and 3R/21L. The FAA contracted with Sensis to provide MDS for PRM-A at Detroit Metro based on a successful trial at Lambert - St. Louis International Airport and a subsequent cost/benefit analysis. Sensis PRM-A will be the only certified multilateration system that allows simultaneous approaches to closely spaced parallel runways. The PRM-A system is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2009.

"ASDE-X gives controllers at Detroit Metro the most advanced runway incursion detection and alerting today to increase safety on the ground," said Tony Lo Brutto, Vice President and General Manager of Sensis Air Traffic Systems. "Additionally, one of the key technologies employed by ASDE-X, Sensis multilateration, will enable the airport to receive a modern precision runway monitoring system. The built-in flexibility of ASDE-X means Detroit Metro will be benefiting from PRM-A's ability to increase airport capacity in a very cost-effective manner."

ASDE-X is operational at the following 13 airports: General Mitchell International Airport (Milwaukee, WI); Theodore Francis Green Airport (Providence, RI); Orlando International Airport (Orlando, FL); William P. Hobby Airport (Houston, TX); Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Atlanta, GA); Lambert - St. Louis International Airport (St. Louis, MO); Bradley International Airport (Windsor Locks, CT); Seattle Tacoma International Airport (Seattle, WA); Louisville International Airport (Louisville, KY); Charlotte Douglas International Airport (Charlotte, NC); Chicago O'Hare International Airport (Chicago, IL); Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington, DC) and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (Detroit, MI).

ABOUT SENSIS CORPORATION

Sensis Corporation provides sensors, information technology, and simulation and modeling to the world's air navigation service providers, civil aviation authorities, airports, airlines and militaries. Sensis Corporation solutions are deployed around the world. For more information regarding Sensis Corporation, visit www.sensis.com .

CONTACT: Rob Conrad of Sensis Corporation, +1-315-634-3139, or rconrad@sensis.com+1-315-751-3646,

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