SmartControl System Handed Over at BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome

Alstom has successfully handed over its latest SmartControl AGL control system at BAE Systems Warton Aerodrome, which is BAE's main flight test centre for the latest generation of civil and military aircraft, including Eurofighter. This is now the twelfth SmartControl system in operation world-wide and demonstrates Alstom's capability, delivering cost effective, high performance AGL control systems into live operational airport environments, from small regional airports and airbases to major international hubs.

The project, which had developed from a simple replacement programme into an all encompassing system managing AGL and ancillary system, including safety critical Rotary Hydraulic Arrestor Gear (RHAG's) and traffic lights, was awarded to Alstom in August 2003. The SmartControl system is based upon a UNIX workstation/PLC architecture, and includes Touchscreen MMI and a dedicated RHAGS & Traffic Light control panel located in the Visual Control Room, together with substation PLC's and remotely located maintenance workstations.

The UNIX based operating system offers full hot standby, which coupled with high integrity PLC's ensures full system availability at all times, even in the unlikely event of system faults. Alstom's past experience at delivering AGL control systems satisfying UK CAA (SRG) safety case requirements was also a major factor in ensuring successful project completion on time and to budget.
BAE Systems selected the system following competitive tendering, a BAE spokesman commented: "We purchased the system because of its flexible operating system and Alstom's expertise in this field. The flexibility of SmartControl has already allowed us to make changes to the system using our own personnel, reflecting changes to the layout of our airfield. Alstom's track record and customer base have given us confidence in the long-term support needed for such systems". BAE also complimented Alstom on the way they managed the project from inception to site acceptance.
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