ADB Safegate

Columbus,  OH 
United States
  • Booth: 1313

Welcome! ADB SAFEGATE looks forward to seeing you at booth 1313.

ADB Safegate is a leading provider of solutions that boost efficiency, improve safety, raise environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs for airports. The company partners with airports and airlines to explore their current situations, identify bottlenecks and jointly solve them through integrated solutions that address airport operations from approach to departure. These solutions tackle every aspect of traffic handling and guidance, from approach, runway and taxiway lighting, to tower-based traffic control systems, to intelligent gate and docking automation.


ADB Safegate has more than 1,100 employees in more than 20 countries and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports.

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Brands: Safedock A-VDGS SafeControl Apron Management Musco Apron Lighting

 Press Releases

  • Automated aircraft docking and integrated apron management solutions to improve visibility of aircraft operations and optimize utilization of existing gates

    San Francisco International Airport (SFO), the USA’s seventh busiest airport, is working with ADB SAFEGATE to add Safedock T1 Advanced Visual Docking Guidance Systems (A-VDGS) and SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) integration software as part of the airport’s redevelopment project at Terminal 1. The state-of-the-art gate solution will optimize existing airport infrastructure to unlock capacity through more efficient and smoother operations.

    As the largest airport serving the Bay Area, San Francisco International Airport’s passenger growth every year places demands on gate capacity. The Safedock systems will provide safe and precise automated parking of aircraft at the gate, and the SAM system will integrate the A-VDGS with other airport systems to improve the visibility of aircraft operations to and from gate and further streamline gate turns.

    “Leading airports around the world are tackling capacity concerns in multiple ways,” said Christian Onselaere, CEO, ADB SAFEGATE. “We are excited to partner with a high-profile airport like San Francisco International Airport to help them meet demand. Our long-term plan will manage predicted increases in capacity and by integrating our solutions with other operating systems, SFO will get more out of its current infrastructure.”

    More than 40 boarding gates, both international and domestic, will be equipped starting mid 2018. Some of these are newly constructed gates while others are refurbished. All systems will go online as soon as they are installed. The project is expected to continue until 2020.


    ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of solutions that boost efficiency, improve safety and environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs for airports, airlines and ANSP’s. The company works with customers to identify performance bottlenecks and jointly solve them through integrated solutions that improve airport and airline performance. These solutions address every aspect from approach to departure – airport traffic handling and guidance, airfield lighting, tower-based traffic control systems, intelligent gate and docking automation, services and advanced analytics.

    ADB SAFEGATE has more than 1,100 employees across 45 nationalities in 25 countries, and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports globally, from the busiest and largest like Atlanta, Beijing, Dubai, Heathrow, Charles De Gaulle, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Istanbul, New Delhi and Changi, to fast-growing airports across Asia and Africa.

    For more information about ADB SAFEGATE, please visit our website at

    Media Enquiries


    Jean Luc Devisscher
    Media Relations
    Phone: +32 473 788 055

    Tammi Phippen
    Media Relations
    Phone: +1 763-535-9299
  • The ACE3 boasts a full-color interactive touchscreen display, enhanced communication options and input/output expandability, providing major advancements in readability, monitoring and system flexibility

    Today ADB SAFEGATE announces the launch of an exciting new distributed control and monitoring solution for airfield lighting control and monitoring systems (ALCMS) that will set new industry standards. With the potential for up to eight times the input/output capacity as the ACE2, the ACE3 is even farther ahead of other control and monitoring systems on the market. The ACE3 is backward compatible with ADB SAFEGATE’s ACE1, ACE2 and Liberty DCMU units and upgrading any of these systems to the ACE3 is a simple process. It is the first such unit to offer a full-color LCD touchscreen display, as well as multiple communication protocols and connection types.

    “The ACE3 represents the heart of ADB SAFEGATE’s airfield lighting distributed control system,” says Joe Pokoj, CEO Americas, ADB SAFEGATE Americas, LLC. “Distributed control technology is more cost-effective and expandable than traditional centralized control, and fewer components and interchangeable parts make it easier to install and maintain. The ACE3 has been designed to meet the top priority monitoring needs of our airport customers.”

    The ACE3 graphic user interface (GUI) is a 7-inch full color LCD touchscreen display. The display allows monitoring of all values on one screen, and includes a live input/output waveform viewer, local IRMS trending graph, localized event/alarm database, and much more, all viewable from the display. The ACE3 is configured locally via the display, without the need for an external PC, and allows airports to customize monitoring of energy use.

    The FAA compliant ACE3 (Advanced Control Equipment) can operate either as the remote interface between the ALCMS and any controllable element in the airfield lighting vault, or as a monitoring unit of a stand-alone system such as a constant current regulator (CCR). It is a universal device used to control any type of CCR or other controlled element, regardless of the manufacturer, and includes all the functionality required for the controlled element. The failsafe mode of each ACE3 unit is defined per the requirements of the airport.

    In a distributed control scenario, each ACE3 unit is installed at or near a controllable item (CCR, Generator, ATS, etc.) to communicate in real-time with the airfield lighting control network and execute remote lighting commands. Connections can be made via serial or ethernet and multiple ACE3 units can be daisy-chained together, making system expansion easy. The ACE3 can also communicate wirelessly, creating a backup to the hardwire communications.

    The ACE3 has already been selected by Boston Logan International (BOS) and Toronto International (YYZ) airports as part of their constant current regulator modernization programs. Boston is installing approximately 100 units while Toronto has given ADB SAFEGATE a contract for more than 230 units. 


    ADB SAFEGATE is the leading provider of intelligent solutions that deliver superior airport performance from the approach to departure. We partner with airports and airlines to analyze their current structures and operations, and jointly identify and solve bottlenecks. Our consultative approach enables airports to improve efficiency, enhance safety and environmental sustainability, as well as reduce operational costs. Our portfolio includes solutions and services that harmonize airport performance, tackling every aspect of traffic handling and guidance, from the approach, runway and taxiway lighting, to tower-based traffic control systems and intelligent gate and docking automation.

    ADB SAFEGATE has 1000+ employees in more than 20 countries and serves some 2,500+ airports in more than 175 countries.

    For more information about ADB SAFEGATE, please visit our website at

    Media Enquiries


    Jean Luc Devisscher
    Media Relations
    Phone: +32 473 788 055

    Tammi Phippen
    Media Relations
    Phone: +1 763-535-9299
  • COLUMBUS, OH and OSKALOOSA, IOWA – ADB SAFEGATE Americas, LLC, and Musco Lighting have announced a partnership that will offer airports in the Americas a complete portfolio of solutions designed to improve operational performance, environmental impact, efficiency, and safety.

    ADB SAFEGATE is a global leader in offering fully integrated solutions—including apron, airfield, tower, and service solutions—that support airport development and enhance operational procedures. The company works with some of the biggest airports around the world, bringing an unmatched expertise and commitment to ensuring they operate more smoothly and efficiently from approach to departure.

    “Our primary objective is to help our customers operate and maintain a safer, efficient and sustainable airport,” said Joe Pokoj, CEO Americas, ADB SAFEGATE. “Our extensive experience working with airports, and Musco’s lighting expertise, creates a win-win situation. We are excited to bring our customers a cost-effective LED solution for apron lighting that will also benefit their operations and the environment.”

    Musco provides industry-leading apron lighting systems for airports that improve visibility, reduce energy consumption, and help airport staff operate more safely and efficiently. With 40 years of industry experience, project management expertise from planning through installation, and customized engineering capabilities that adapt systems to the exact architectural specifications of each airport, Musco brings a distinctive set of qualifications to the partnership.

    The company’s Total Light Control—TLC for LED technology, which works as a newly-installed or retrofit system, achieves superior light quality for improved visibility, eliminates glare, and integrates with existing facility lighting systems. TLC for LED is backed by a 10-year parts and labor warranty, supported by a 170-member warranty team that provides ongoing support and service. The system has been installed at airports around the world including McCarran International Airport (LAS), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Terminal 4.

    “ADB SAFEGATE is known for helping the busiest airports all over the world operate more efficiently and smoothly with an innovative mix of intelligent solutions. We’re proud to be moving ahead together with this partnership,” said Jeff Rogers, Vice President of Musco. “We’re confident that airports across North and South America will realize some impressive benefits and evolve their operations in ways that will improve the experience for everyone.”


    ADB SAFEGATE is a leading provider of solutions that boost efficiency, improve safety, raise environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs for airports and airlines worldwide. With intelligent solutions spanning the airside for gate, airfield, tower and service, the company partners with airports and airlines worldwide to increase airport performance, from approach to departure. ADB SAFEGATE has more than 1,100 employees in more than 25 countries and operates in more than 175 countries, serving more than 2,500 airports.

    About Musco Lighting

    Musco has been pioneering solutions for transportation and infrastructure lighting for more than a decade, with innovations in glare reduction and light control responsive to the needs of facility owners, users, neighbors, and the night sky. Musco’s TLC for LED® system technology delivers a level of light control and uniformity that can’t be matched, and is the solution of choice at international airports, rail yards, industrial sites, iconic landmarks, and some of the largest ports around the world. Musco backs its LED solutions with a long-term warranty covering parts and labor, eliminating maintenance concerns and costs for customers.



    Tamara Phippen


    Musco Lighting

    Jason Van Wyk



  • Safedock Advanced Visual Docking Guidance System
    Advanced visual docking guidance systems (A-VDGS) are proven to improve safety and on-time arrivals and departures. But, did you know that ADB SAFEGATE’s Safedock A-VDGS can also give you a clear view and better control of gate operations at your airport?...

  • Our proprietary SafeControl Apron Management integration solution connects the A-VDGS to airport databases, airline systems and many other systems and equipment on the apron to track gate activity and collect and share valuable data in real-time.
    The state-of-the-art solution helps you deliver the experience your customers expect by offering the visibility and control at the gate you need to:
    Improve on-time arrivals and departures
    Maximize gate capacity and opportunity
    Improve management of rates and changes for revenue control
    Support a common-use gate approach
    Support collaborative decision making on the apron
  • SafeControl Apron Management (SAM)
    Real-time apron management gives airports a clear view of their gate operation....

  • SafeControl Apron Management (SAM) offers unmatched integration and data sharing capabilities to maximize safety and efficiency through automation and customized control and monitoring of the systems, equipment and processes on the apron. SAM uses our SafedockTM advanced visual docking guidance systems (A-VDGS) as intelligent sensors to collect and distribute real-time gate and flight data. Vital information is shared between airport, airline and air traffic control systems, making SAM a key step toward an Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) program which has been proven to provide more efficient and sustainable operations. SAM can also monitor gates not equipped with A-VDGS. 
    SAM provides the information and control you need to solve your toughest challenges on the apron:
    • Increase safety and efficiency through collaborative decision making
    • Generate and share critical information via RIDS
    • Create a shared-use gate environment
    • Enable fully-automated aircraft parking
    • Maximize gate availability and uptime
    • Improve gate turns and gate-to-gate performance     
    • Reduce operating costs
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