London Heathrow goes operational with Indra’s latest generation A-SMGCS

30 August 2019 United Kingdom

Indra’s system for surface movement surveillance, the InNOVA Ground A-SMGCS, is playing a key role in ensuring safe ground operations at one of the busiest airports in the world, London Heathrow

The system has been upgraded with new features including improved tracking and display features, and the capability of expansion with new SESAR functionality such as advanced ground safety nets

Indra has also merged the airport’s tower display and A-SMGCS into a single integrated system

The upgrade will reduce false alerts and improve controllers’ situational awareness, benefiting safety on ground

NATS’ air traffic controllers at London Heathrow have started using Indra’s latest generation system for Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control (A-SMGCS); InNOVA Ground.

With the upgrade, the A-SMGCS and the tower displays have been merged into a single integrated system, improving operational efficiency and reducing the need for maintenance. Furthermore, the A-SMGCS includes new generation hardware and radar extractors. The software is improved with better tracking and new display features.

The new processing functions within the system have increased the sensor coverage on the runways to over 95%, while at the same time the number of false alerts provided to controllers have been reduced. The system is also capable of expansion with SESAR functionality such as advanced ground safety nets and integration with other tower functions.

NATS Director of Supply Chain Tim Bullock said: “I’m delighted that Indra have once again delivered successfully, demonstrating the extent to which our strategic partnership is able to benefit NATS and its own customers.”

London Heathrow is the busiest airport in Europe according to ACI, with an average of more than 1300 flights per day passing by the airport’s two runways.

“London Heathrow operates at over 98% capacity, which is truly impressive. We are proud to be repeatedly trusted by NATS to deliver one of the systems enabling them to achieve this”, comments Elin Blakstad, Tower Director at Indra. “Working with them is inspiring and drives innovation.”


About Indra

Indra ( is one of the leading global technology and consulting companies and the technological partner for core business operations of its customers world-wide.

It is a world-leader in providing proprietary solutions in specific segments in Transport and Defense markets, and a leading firm in Digital Transformation Consultancy and Information Technologies in Spain and Latin America through its affiliate Minsait Its business model is based on a comprehensive range of proprietary products, with a high-value focus and with a high innovation component.

In the 2018 financial year, Indra achieved revenue of €3.104 billion, with 43,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and business operations in over 140 countries.


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