Northrop Grumman Wins Innovation Award for Airport Realtime Collaboration (ARC) Technology

By Northrop Grumman Corporation, PRNE
Thursday, October 20, 2011

LONDON, October 21, 2011 -

Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE: NOC) Europe-based airport systems group has received an award for innovation at Inter Airport Europe 2011 for its Airport Realtime Collaboration (ARC) technology and services capability.

Inter Airport Europe is the world’s leading trade exhibition for the airport industry and was held in Munich from 11-14 October. The innovation award, in the category of interDATA, was presented to Northrop Grumman on the opening morning of the show.

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“We are delighted to win such a prestigious award in recognition of the innovation of ARC,” said Charles Houseago, managing director of Northrop Grumman’s airports systems group. “This comes at a very exciting time as we are enhancing the product offering to encompass a new ARC Passenger Flow Module which offers airports a simple way to use existing data sources in a smarter way, giving more accurate forecasting and higher predictability.”

ARC is designed to provide the airport community with more accurate and timely information for enhanced decision making and improved coordination of airport operations. The ARC technology uses existing infrastructure to deliver a common situational awareness picture through web-based geographical and tabular views of the airfield operations. ARC’s processes, and suite of complementary professional services delivered by experienced airport practitioners, can be optimised to combine industry best practices with local airport needs.

ARC software provides data sharing and through accurate taxi time calculation, enables optimum departure sequencing. The ARC software is intelligent in the complexity of the tasks it performs, belied by the simplicity of its appearance. The calculation of the taxi times takes into account aircraft type, airfield layout, operating conditions and a host of other parameters to ensure a departure sequence which maximises flow and minimises delay.

The truly innovative element of ARC is that the combination of software and the expertise of the ARC professional services team can provide the complete A-CDM solution to airports. Many suppliers offer IT systems to support data sharing and collaboration, but the expert support and intelligence behind Northrop Grumman’s ARC sets it apart.

Inter Airport Europe’s independent Awards Jury consisted of the following members: Ben Vogel, Editor, Jane’s Airport Review; Martin Lamprecht, Publisher, Momberger Airport Information; Michael Zaddach,  Head of IT Services, Munich Airport; and Greg Ballentine, Senior Aviation Planner/Architect, GENIVAR.

Northrop Grumman’s airport systems group based in Peterborough, U.K. provides the global airport market with products and services to aid efficiency.

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