The Worldwide Aircraft Surveillance Platform (WASP) System does not “track” aircraft in the classical sense of radar and transponder based systems, as our technology is an independent and non-cooperative video sensor for detecting, classifying and identifying aircraft at specific locations.
The Aircraft Tail Number Identification System (ATNIS) cameras can be placed at the gates and/or terminal entrance, providing airports and ASP’s complete automated information of what aircraft are in the terminal area and at which gate and for how long.
In 2010, TTI and Saab/Sensis conducted a one month test of our ATNIS camera and WASP software at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to evaluate/compare the performance of our system with the existing MLAT ASDE-X data at a specific taxiway location near a terminal area.
The location was specifically chosen as the “highest traffic area with best Aerobahn ASDE-X coverage.”
After one month of operation, the data sets were evaluated.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (KATL)
WASP EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE
On comparison of the WASP/ASDE-X data, WASP had 3 Additional Aircraft that were not recorded by the Aerobahn system. Two were “dead-tows” and one was later found to have had a broken transponder.
The results showed the reliability and accuracy of the ATNIS sensors and the ability to augment existing commercial airport systems.
By using a layered approach of information systems, commercial airports and ASP’s can improve airport services by maintaining classification and identification of aircraft from gate to gate.
Note: The test also evaluated the complexity of deploying a TTI system.
Results = Non-Complex. The TTI gear was set up on a terminal roof and operational in 4 hours. No site survey, no site preparation, and no drive/walk testing were allowed.
WASP data – showing Long-Range Capability of Identifying Large Aircraft