Project Title


AIRNET - Airport Network for Mobiles Surveillance and Alerting



Short Description

The continuous and steady growth of air traffic leads to an escalating number of accidents and incidents on surface movements. In case of bad meteorological conditions or low visibility, since the surveillance and control of movements are based mostly on the “see and be seen” principle, airport stakeholders have little or no knowledge of ground surface traffic, thus leading to ground movement hazards (risks of runway incursions, risks of incursions into dangerous and restricted areas and risks of collisions).

In addition, airport congestion is also becoming an increasing problem, and already a limitating factor at several European airports. Major airports are becoming more and more capacity constrained, which results in significant delays and causes frustration and difficulties both for passengers and all aircraft operators. In case of crisis situations (e.g. traffic overload or air traffic control disruption), the management of the passengers flow becomes chaotic, thus leading to potentially hazardous situations.

The high-level objectives of AIRNET (AIRport NETwork for Mobiles Surveillance & Alerting) are to :


Improve airport users safety on all the areas of the airport, by providing essential and reliable information to relevant airport stakeholders. 


Improve the efficiency of operations, by providing services to airport operators to optimise the flows of vehicles on the apron area and to cope with crisis and emergency situations.


Improve airport security, by alerting airport stakeholders when an intrusion of non-authorised vehicles in all airport areas occurs.

The AIRNET project will aim at developing and experimenting an EGNOS low-cost platform for the surveillance, control and management of airport vehicles (catering, baggage, fuel, maintenance, firemen, police, customs, etc.), and which will implement the recommendations of EUROCONTROL for A-SMGCS (Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control systems). The low-cost of the AIRNET infrastructure will make AIRNET attractive to small and medium size airports. A first prototype of the system will be deployed at Oporto airport (mid-size airport, Portugal) for an extensive validation campaign.

The AIRNET project is funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Programme, first call of the IST priority (Information Society Technologies), strategic objective « e-Safety for Road & Air Transport ». The duration of the project is 36 months and it started on 1 January 2004.

The consortium is lead by M3 Systems (coordinator) and is built around the following partners :


Institutions :
- ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal : end-user airport
- INESC-INOV (Portugal) : research laboratory specialised in information technology,  telecommunications and networks


SMEs :
- INTUILAB (France)
- ALITEC (France)

Funding Organisation

European Commission, FP6 »eSafety for Road and Air Transport«



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Contact: Franck Presutto
Phone: +33-56-2231085



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