Toronto upgrades BHS and enhances surface safety technology

01 February 2019
Two hundred additional vehicle-mounted SQUID transponder units will be provided to Toronto Pearson International Airport. Source: ERA

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) has signed deals to upgrade the baggage-handling system (BHS) and improve airside surface safety at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Under a master service agreement with BEUMER Group and PCL Construction, the GTAA will deploy the CrisBag automated tote-based baggage transport and sorting system. With CrisBag, items in individual totes will be 100% tracked and traced throughout the baggage-handling process, in line with Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) requirements for US trans-border clearance.

The Beumer-PCL team also includes Brock Solutions, B+H Architects, Peter Sheffield & Associates, The Mitchell Partnership, and Mulvey & Banani International.

The master agreement includes several design-build work packages. Construction on the first four packages began in late January 2019, with completion scheduled for 2021.

The GTAA has also ordered 200 more SQUID vehicle-mounted ADS-B squitter beacons from ERA. This brings the total number of SQUID units provided to Toronto Pearson and Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau international airports to more than 700 since 2012.

ERA is working with local partner Fleetcom to fulfil the contract which is worth an undisclosed amount.

SQUID will “provide enhanced ATC and safety operations at the manoeuvring area of Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said ERA head of sales Jakub Thomas.

The ERA SQUID squitter beacon is a vehicle-mounted ADS-B transponder that broadcasts precise position data employing the same technology used by aircraft. It is based on 1,090 MHz Mode-S Extended Squitter datalink. The Mode-S address has a default value which either the user or ERA can adjust.

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