Saab to Provide Sky Harbor Int’l Command & Control Center (Video)

Defence and security company Saab has been awarded a contract by the City of Phoenix’s Aviation Department to provide an event management system for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX).

As part of the five-year agreement, Saab’s SAFE – an open integration software platform – will offer enterprise-wide situational awareness and a shared, common operational picture, including real-time landside and airside conditions.

SAFE is an enterprise command and control solution for organizations with mission-critical operations.


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Users can manage resources and events in real time through event-specific response plans and automatic record capturing.

At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the system will be used for day-to-day routine events, as well as emergency situations.

Anders Carp, head of Saab’s business unit Traffic Management
Anders Carp, head of Saab’s business unit Traffic Management

“Globalization has made airports increasingly important for communities, both economically and socially. The City of Phoenix has taken an important step by procuring a system that will improve the use of existing assets and provide new functionality to enhance overall event coordination and response,” says Anders Carp, head of Saab’s business unit Traffic Management.”

The contract includes installation and configuration of the SAFE platform, including gateway interfaces, training and support. Saab will partner with national mission-critical integrator SDI Presence LLC (SDI), leveraging SDI’s complex IT expertise and 20 years of experience in the aviation sector.

Saab has been working with Phoenix Sky Harbor since 2012, when it was contracted to provide its Aerobahn Surface Management Suite. Aerobahn helps the airport manage its airside operations more effectively.

At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the system will be used for day-to-day routine events, as well as emergency situations

The new SAFE deployment will integrate with Aerobahn in order to provide a truly comprehensive picture of what is happening at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport across both airside to landside domains.

Phoenix Sky Harbor will be one of the first airports in the world with this level of insight into the safety and efficiency of their operations.

“Saab’s airport security offerings align with the needs of the U.S. market. Smooth airport operations require optimized workflows, increased efficiency and a higher level of safety and security and that’s exactly what Aerobahn together with SAFE provides,” says Anders Carp.

Saab’s entry into the U.S. homeland security market began in 2011 when the company provided TactiCall – a net centric-based command and control solution – for the State of Georgia’s Trauma Communication Center.

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Saab Group serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defense and civil security.

Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

With several locations across the United States and Canada, Saab North America provides a broad range of defense and homeland security products, services and solutions to North American customers. Saab North America is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saab Group.

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Mission-critical systems integrator SDI delivers intelligent technology solutions to ensure client operational performance, security and revenue generation.

With a 25-year corporate resume, SDI addresses the higher IT demands of critical environments to deliver zero downtime, enhanced security and risk mitigation strategies.

SDI is a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), with a portfolio of clients includes some of the nation’s largest airports, commercial real estate portfolios, and national banks and financial services organizations.

SDI delivers deep technical expertise and impeccable systems performance, with an agile delivery model focused on complete customer satisfaction.