International Airport Measures Critical Runway Conditions Using Airlink®

Founded in 1925, Copenhagen Airport has grown to be Scandinavia’s center for international air traffic and main transfer point amongst the many national and regional airports in Scandinavia and the area south of the Baltic Sea. Copenhagen Airport also functions as the hub for airlines SAS, Norwegian, Cimber Sterling and members of the Star Alliance, as well as express air freight carrier DHL.

Business Challenge

To ensure maximum safety for all passengers, Copenhagen Airport continuously monitors local weather conditions. In addition, airport operations regularly measures weather-related runway conditions, such as temperature and moisture, in order to store and analyze data and relay status and safety information to incoming flights. One key condition used to determine runway safety is traction. Whereas temperature and humidity can be measured using sensors, determining the force of traction on each runway is a more complicated process.

Sierra Wireless AirLink® Solution

The specialized vehicle is based on a standard passenger car, a Saab 95 Combo, loaded with advanced measurement equipment and a fifth wheel that can be lowered down to calculate the traction of the runway. All measurement data is transferred to a central server using a ruggedized, 3G Sierra Wireless AirLink MP880W mobile router operating over broadband HSUPA networks.

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