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Virtual Reality Draws Closer For Fort Lauderdale

VAMS is designed to simulate an out-of-the-window view for different airfield areas.

August/2014, IHS Jane’s Airport Review, By Ramon Lopez

Air IT expects its Virtual Airfield Management System (VAMS) to enter full service at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in October 2014 as part the airport’s USD2.3 billion expansion.

VAMS comprises AirIT’s Aerial View Display (AVD) with Searidge Technologies’ IntelliDAR video system to simulate an out-of-the-window view for one or more geographically dispersed aprons, de-icing pads, and aircraft parking areas. The various views are presented to the operator on a single display.

An earlier version of AVD is operating at Miami, but it shows only whether a gate is occupied.

“VAMS provides holistic movement and non-movement area monitoring, with full-time aircraft and vehicle tracking, covering 100% of the pavement,” said Jeff Shull, AirIT executive vice-president.

“Additionally, VAMS can be augmented with additional sensors and software to provide FOD detection and wildlife detection and mitigation. This defines the system as a total operational management system,” said Shull, who added that AirIT is talking to officials at Miami and two other unnamed US airports about installing VAMS.