Airport operator AENA has awarded Terma the contract to upgrade the existing Terma Surface Movement Radar (SMR) at Madrid Barajas Airport, which will join the long list of airports to operate the new generation solid-state SCANTER 5502 Surface Movement Radar. The delivery will be affected in conjunction with local partner SEAIRTECH.

This project is the first to include the new Terma Extractor, which means that the company will take the step from processed raw video to delivering an ASTERIX output into the Airport’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) system.

The purpose of the SMR is to maximize safety in airports by allowing air traffic controllers to monitor, advise, and instruct aircraft, vehicles, personnel, etc., moving on the ground in an airport. Radar is very suitable for this purpose as it covers a large area and operates independently of light conditions (day/night), visibility conditions, e.g. fog, and possible precipitation, e.g. rain and snow.

The SCANTER 5502 Solid State SMR is integrated into the airport’s Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A- SMGCS) as the primary non-corporative surveillance sensor. Terma Surface Movement Radars are already in operation in eight major Spanish airports including Bilbao, Ciudad Real, Tenerife, and Santiago De Compostella.