NetBeans at Heathrow Airport
Harris has used its ODS Open Platform, based on the NetBeans Platform, to create the new “Airside Monitor”, a product deployed together with NATS at Heathrow airport.
- Monitoring taxi events in order to provide the Aircraft Sequencer (TSAT Generator) with updated taxi duration times.
- Monitoring Airfield Flow Manager events to produce alerts based on ground surveillance and AMAN/DMAN data.
Both functions are based on surface monitoring events using the airport secondary radar feed in conjunction with user definable geo-fences.
Features visible in the screenshot above and below:
- In the top left the situation display:
- Aircraft detected by the airport radar are shown. Once aircraft reach their gate they switch off their transponders, that’s why aircraft standing at the gates are not displayed.
- If an aircraft is known to arrive, it gets a brown label. Departing aircraft have blue labels. Aircraft with unknown intent have black labels.
- The green areas are the geo-fencing areas where flights entering or leaving them feed the monitoring logic. New geo-fencing areas can be drawn by the user if needed. Normally, these areas and not shown (see screen shot number 2).
- If an aircraft triggers an alert its label and the respective areas are highlighted in yellow until the alert is acknowledged.
- All this is custom graphics currently implemented using Java2D.
- The two lists at the bottom show the alerts and taxi events. The taxi events are forwarded to the departure planning software (TSAT generator).
- In the upper right the configured detection areas, taxi monitorings and alerts can be created, deleted and edited.
- All the monitoring logic is implemented in a backend also using the ODS Open (and NetBeans) Platform. The display processes connect to that backend to display and edit the data.