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GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), has engaged ADB SAFEGATE to upgrade the primary runway from CAT-I to CAT-II and the secondary runway from simple approach to CAT-I.
A major part of the project entails modification of the airport's airfield ground lighting (AGL) system that predominantly comprises halogen lights to RELIANCE LED intelligent lights. RELIANCE intelligent lights from ADB SAFEGATE have a unique, intelligence feature that allows for easy individual lamp monitoring and control to guide the pilot from landing to take-off.
ADB SAFEGATE is already involved in the AGL expansion of RGIA's taxiways with construction conglomerate, Larsen & Toubro. With this new deal, ADB SAFEGATE will upgrade the airport's runways and associated Airfield Lighting Control and Monitoring System (ALCMS) and Individual Lamp Control and Monitoring System (ILCMS). The GHIAL project also includes scope for comprehensive maintenance of the AGL system for the next 10 years.
SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL said “RGIA has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years and we have been among the fastest growing major airports globally. We have embarked on a large scale capacity expansion project to more than double our annual passenger handling capacity and upgrade our key systems. When it came to upgrading our AGL systems, we chose ADB SAFEGATE based on the strength of their offerings and the long partnership we have had with them since the inception of our airport over a decade ago.”
"Our relationship with RGIA spans more than a decade when we first supplied our AGL and Safedock Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System (A-VDGS) solutions in 2007. In 2017, while executing a project for the replacement of 800 taxiway lights, we were able to convince the airport of the benefits of moving from halogen to our range of LED lights. Now, when the airport is looking to upgrade both runways, the benefits of making a complete transition to our industry leading range of LED lights were clear," added Henrik Linderberth, Chief Customer Officer, ADB SAFEGATE.
RELIANCE LED intelligent lights have very low protrusion, no negative slope and are optimized for easy handling. Because of the built-in intelligence, the airport does not need to invest separately on individual switching devices for each light which saves costs and enables easy integration with the ALCMS and ILCMS. These lights are also backward compatible which means they will fit into existing bases. In addition to the energy and cost gains of moving to LED lights, the airport will enjoy the benefits of lower maintenance and most importantly, greater safety.