TK Elevator equips Istanbul airport with passenger bridge remote control system

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TK Elevator´s new Remote Control System (RCS) for Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBB) is in operation at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

It is the first time the system, which fastens docking and undocking processes for passenger flights, has been installed at a major airport for a real flight operation.

The RCS allows PBBs to be safely controlled by an operator from a remote position instead of the classic operation inside the bridge. Previously, it was necessary to move the systems manually at each landing and adapt them to the respective model on site at the stand for the different aircraft types.

The system consists of a set of cameras to give the operator an enlarged field of view when docking and undocking a passenger boarding bridge. High-precision sensors assist the operator during the positioning process. The solution thus saves the time used by operators to move from one passenger boarding bridge to another and increases staff efficiency and minimises the risk of damage to aircraft.

“Based on the experience of over 5,500 Passenger Boarding Bridges installed worldwide, TK Elevator’s goal is to improve airport’s efficiency and traveller’s mobility at airports through smart technologies and intelligent solutions. The new Remote Control System improves turnaround times of airplanes and operational savings while offering increased safety in busy airports which face growing mobility requirements. The system makes docking operations at airports smoother and helps saving energy”, explains Manuel Alvarez, CEO Airport Solutions at TK Elevator.


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