GTAA Awards Contract to JCAII for Replacement of EMBs at CDF

Toronto Pearson International Airport Awards Contract to JCAII for Replacement of EMBs at its Central Deicing Facility

Following a competitive RFP process, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) has awarded JCAII a contract to provide its latest generation Electronic Message Board (EMB) technology at one of the largest Central Deicing Facilities (CDF) in the world.


The GTAA’s CDF handles hundreds of flights per day and EMBS have been an integral part of the airport operations for close to 15 years. Since 2008, JCAll’s EMBS and integrations have guided flight crews through the CDF with safe and efficient ‘engine-on’ deicing operations in accordance with SAE best practices.

As part of the contract, JCAll will provide twenty-six (26) of its latest generation EMBS for installation during the 2022/23 deicing season. The modernized EMBS can be integrated into JCAll’s Icelink® solutions and are designed to be backward compatible to legacy systems and forward integration into Icelink® SmartPad® automated digitalization platform.

Ken Eastman, Director, Deicing Operations, said:

“The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is pleased to have continued our long-standing relationship with JCAll with the recent replacement of our Electronic Message Boards (EMBS). The new EMBs will enhance safety at Toronto Pearson by providing aircraft guidance to flight crews from around the world as they transition through the Central Deicing Facility during winter operations.”

Jeff Campbell, JCAII President, said:

“We covet our long-standing relationships with the GTAA and look forward to delivering this project. The investment demonstrates ongoing customer and industry commitment to safety and standardization. JCAII's global leadership position in deicing technology with its patented IcelinkR and related SmartPad® equipment, including the EMB components, helps provide for a safest and most resilient operation in the the toughest winter conditions in the world at the GTAA CDF operation.”

JCAII’s Electronic Message Boards (EMBS) are fully integrated with IcelinkR and Icelink® SmartPad® advanced technologies and have been provided as part of JCAII’s solutions in major global airports, such as Memphis, Chicago, Amsterdam, London, Helsinki, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, and many others.


The patented Icelink® and Icelink® SmartPadR solutions are being deployed globally and introduced into several major airlines, airports, and service providers during the 2022/23 season. IcelinkR provides worldwide and state-of-the-art technological infrastructure, A-CDM integration and automated, digitalization with unparalleled operational connectivity.

This article was originally published by JCAI Inc.

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