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ERA unveils multipurpose ERIS

19 March 2019
Screenshot of the ERIS-A user interface. The ground surveillance system can operate in standalone configuration or by implementing data feeds from radars, video cameras, or other sensors. Source: ERA

Omnipol company ERA demonstrated a new set of affordable air traffic management (ATM) and ground surveillance solutions at World ATM Congress in Madrid on 12–14 March.

The multifunctional ERIS technology is designed to improve security, efficiency, and operational safety at medium-sized or regional airports.

Large hubs tend to operate surface movement radars (SMRs) and other advanced technologies that enable them to function in low-visibility conditions, but smaller airports lack this capability, said ERA product manager Tomáš Liptak. SMRs can be time-consuming and expensive to install so regional and medium-sized airports require something different.

The scalable and modular ERIS can function around the clock in multiple configurations to deliver any of the following capabilities: multisensor data fusion with the ERA NEO system; flight data processing; safety nets; integrated situational data presentation; complex supervision and monitoring; and operational analysis (record and replay).

ERA showcased two solutions: ERIS-ATM for approach and area control, and ERIS-A as a common ground surveillance system with a range of up to 2,500 m. “We have one goal based on an automated surveillance system,” said Liptak.

ERIS was developed to comply with ICAO and EUROCAE standards. The technology can operate in a standalone configuration or be tailored for specific operational environments in conjunction with legacy radars or other sensors (such as video cameras). For example, said Liptak, ERIS can function at an airport as a gap-filler solution to cover parts of the surface not monitored by a SMR.

A capability to detect non-cooperative targets means that ERIS can even be applied to perimeter protection against potential human or wildlife intrusions, said Liptak. ERA believes that the technology can detect foreign object debris with a radar cross section of 25–400 cm 2 at a range of up to 370 m.

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