The city of Sochi was preparing for the 2014 Winter Olympics with its success
representing an immense challenge for the airport operations. The passenger
growth was expected to rise heading towards the event and new technology
was needed to ensure the future safety of thousands of participants flying to
the Caucasus region of Russia as part of the Olympic Games. Sochi International
Airport needs improved airport surveillance and thus the ATM officials began
researching the proven benefits of a multi-sensor approach to surveillance
with an Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS)
which integrated multilateration and ADS-B surveillance with existing radar
ERA got the project in 2010 partly thanks to a reference about its system
used for Domodedovo Airport in Moscow. In cooperation with the customer, the
Russian company JSC LEMZ R&P Corp., ERA installed its Multi-sensor Surveillance
System (MSS) for surface airport surveillance and underwent the SAT during the
summer season of 2013. As part of the SAT testing ERA technicians also tracked
the route of the flight of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his airplane exact
position using the newly deployed surveillance system.
ERA was the first company to complete its part of the airport reconstruction
in terms of safety improvements as demonstrated on the controlling day of
on-going preparations as part of the visit of Director of the State Civil Aviation
Authority of Russia and First Deputy Minister of Transport.
The system consists of 26 ground stations (16 receiving stations, 1 receiving
station and reference monitoring station, 1 dual receiving station, 5 receiving
transmitting stations, 1 reference monitoring station). In addition, Sochi Airport
can utilise 70 SQUIDs by ERA, these being the small ADS-B squitter beacons
which continuously broadcast the exact position of all ground vehicles and
minimize the risk of collisions. The MSS by ERA system installed at the Sochi
International Airport went officially operational in November 2013.
JSC LEMZ R&P Corp.
and Production Corporation
(JSC LEMZ R&P Corp.) has
and control equipment
operating in 50 countries
of Europe, Asia, Africa and
Latin America for over 60
years. JSC LEMZ R&P Corp.
pays great attention to
all-inclusive delivery of all
the equipment required
for ATM customers, to
for control and servicing
processes, as well as to the
creation of a comfortable
working environment for
As part of the SAT testing ERA
technicians also tracked the
route of the flight of Russian
President Vladimir Putin.
The multilateration performance
with accuracy expressed by the
coloured contours in meters.