Improved Sensing and Positioning via 5G and mmWave radar for Airport Surveillance

Bo Tan, Elena-Simona Lohan, Bo Sun, Wenbo Wang, Taylan Yesilyurt, Christophe Morlaas, Carlos David Morales Pena, Kanaan Abdo, Fathia Ben Slama, Alexandre Simonin, Mohamed Ellejmi

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This paper explores an integrated approach for improved sensing and positioning with applications in air traffic management (ATM) and in the Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS). The integrated approach includes the synergy of 3D Vector Antenna with the novel time-of-arrival and angle-of-arrival estimate methods for accurate positioning, combining the sensing on the sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrum for the enhanced non-cooperative surveillance. For the positioning scope, both uplink and downlink 5G reference signals are investigated and their performance is evaluated. For the non-cooperative sensing scope, a novel 5G-signal-based imaging function is proposed and verified with realistic airport radio-propagation modelling and the AI-based targets tracking-and-motion recognition are investigated. The 5G-based imaging and mmWave radar based detection can be potentially fused to enhance surveillance in the airport. The work is being done within the European-funded project NewSense and it delves into the 5G, Vector Antennas, and mmWave capabilities for future ATM solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication11th SESAR Innovation Days
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventSESAR Innovation Days - Virtual, Online
Duration: 7 Dec 20219 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameSESAR Innovation Days
ISSN (Print)0770-1268


ConferenceSESAR Innovation Days
CityVirtual, Online


  • 5G
  • Angle of Arrival
  • Air Traffic Management (ATM)
  • communications
  • millimeter wave
  • positioning
  • sensing
  • surveillance
  • time of arrival
  • vector antenna
  • Synthetic aperture radar (SAR)

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