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Development of a taxi traffic management system (sub project C)

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Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
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Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport


Background & Policy context

Airports more frequently constitute critical bottlenecks in the European aviation system. Due to land use restrictions, noise problems and funding issues their extension is often difficult, time consuming or even impossible. To keep aviation and its connection to ground transportation systems running with acceptable quality, existing capacities must be utilised as well as possible by smart technologies and management concepts.


The main objective of the project "SIE-A-SMGCS" is the creation of a fully functional and cost-efficient surface movement and control system for optimizing the ground movements of aircrafts on airports between parking positions and runways (taxiing). A simulation and optimisation based information system shall replace traditional experience based manual ground movement protocols.


 ATRiCS had the following work packages (WPs):

  • Requirement specification, conceptualization
  • Development of planning component
  • Airport Surface Traffic Simulator (ASTRAS) with airport model
  • Transport monitoring (AWARE)
  • Advanced Conflict Prediction and Visualization (ACOPS)
  • Conflict resolution (ACORE)
  • Human Machine Interface (HMI)
  • Development and adaption of ALCS (Airfield Lighting Control System)
  • Pilot test


Other Programme
Aeronautics Research 3
Funding Source
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy


ATRiCS fully achieved its goals. Systems like the planning component for A-SMGCS are demanded more frequently than before. Based on the modularity, ATRiCS will transfer the approach to configurable systems, which meet the requirements of airports of all sizes. Conflict detections (for instance runway incursions) are a core competency of the developed system. Of course, it can also be used for the support of air traffic controllers, as it automates traffic control processes to a high extent

Findings of the study are published in detail by a final report (German only) which is available online via


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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