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ATM-grade Networks - vitalSphere

Providing the best results in Air Traffic Management (ATM) communications and keeping aviation passengers safe requires a solution designed for the challenges of a modern air traffic management network. By understanding your needs, Frequentis provides innovative solutions to help maintain the highest level of safety while scaling capacity and improving cost efficiency.

 

Challenges of a modern air traffic management network

  • Innovation
  • Scalability
  • Safety
  • Partners
  • Cost
  • Coverage
  • Readiness for the future

Matching air traffic and safety demands with the right network is a major challenge in ATM. It is central to achieving the ambitious goals of the industry globally – increasing air space capacity, enhancing safety and reducing cost per flight. While merging all IP applications onto a converged IP infrastructure would reduce operational costs, safety-critical applications require a dedicated solution. This is also a requirement for the implementation of SWIM, virtual centres and remote towers.

Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) need to integrate multiple technologies (e.g. MPLS, microwave, VSAT) onto a single backbone from many providers. The design of such a hybrid network has many challenges – given differences in network delays, jitter, routing-protocol support and failover behaviour. Frequentis solves these challenges by providing application-aware routing of communications based not only on the priority of those communications, but also on the current performance of the networks available to carry the traffic.

 

vitalsphere: ATM-grade network performance

vitalsphere provides a level of safety and end-to-end performance not available from conventional networks. By brokering network capacity between ATM-specific applications and non-ATM specialised backbone networks, vitalsphere reduces total cost of ownership and allows for bandwidth savings of up to 90%.

vitalsphere combines:

  • Intelligent routing & control - Matching real-time network performance and application needs. The coordination of requirements from different applications optimises bandwidth utilisation and operational cost.
  • Situational awareness - Vendor-neutral end-to-end monitoring of applications and networks. This includes real-time measurements for every backbone, and dedicated interfaces to VSAT modems.
  • Scalable networks - Integration of diverse technologies from multiple vendors. We partner with different vendors to deliver any type of IP-, TDM-, or satellite-based network.

 

Highest end-to-end performance for every application

Utilising brown-out detection allows for resolution of failures before they occur, as it enables action before a link black-out. This process uses real-time information on actual network performance to re-route safety-critical communication flows before the link fails. Deterministic communication flows are the foundation for end-to-end path diversity – improving service availability by separating main and standby communication flows across the entire network.


Products & Solutions

Voice & Data Gateway

VCX-IP is an advanced gateway for voice and data communications complying with European and international VoIP standards for civil and military ATM. It provides protocol conversion for radio, phone and data, enables ATM-specific contingency scenarios using intelligent routing, and optimises ATM applications used by civil and military air navigation service providers.

Network Management System

In the world of air traffic management (ATM), the structure of ATM systems, networks and ANSP organisations is both complex and fragmented. In combination with today’s approach, in which ANSPs use highly resilient, modern converged IP networks, this situation creates an opaque environment, in which it is almost impossible to have a common situational picture for stakeholders. 

ATM Network Quality Assurance

NetBroker is an automatic service level manager tailored for air traffic management (ATM) networks. Combining real-time performance information from the network with application needs and pre-defined mitigation scenarios, it enables converged networks serving all applications – from safety-critical to administrative. It fills the technical gap between conventional IP networks and the very specific and heterogeneous requirements of different ATM applications.

SWIM

The goal of SWIM is interoperability on global, regional, and organisational level, being achieved through standardised interfaces and agreed data formats in a service-oriented architecture. We enable our customers to implement System Wide Information Management (SWIM) in line with the Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP, ICAO Doc 9750) in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Surveillance Data Distribution

SDDS-NG is a state-of-the-art solution for the easy and safe interconnection of any system that handles surveillance data. In ATC, the need to integrate an increasing number of surveillance systems is well-known. However, due to changing technologies and additional surveillance data users, the necessary stability of surveillance distribution environments is at risk. SDDS-NG is the safe and scalable solution, catering for all current and future surveillance distribution needs by providing the single access point for surveillance data.

LDACS

LDACS (L-band Digital Aeronautical Communications System) brings efficient broadband data communications to aviation, for better security, safety and resilience. Frequentis is heavily involved in LDACS innovation, both in creating the required technology and running real-world validation tests. LDACS will be a key enabler for ATM modernisation, including concepts such as flight-centric operations, which will boost capacity and efficiency for ANSPs.



News

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport ready for expected growth with FREQUENTIS digital tower solution

  • First controller-to-pilot IP Voice Communication in the United States
  • The Frequentis integrated digital tower solution will increase controller efficiency in support of air traffic growth and is compliant with ED-137 standard
  • The modernised tower houses eight controller working positions, supporting expected growth to the region

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Tower has been replaced by a new tower fitted with an integrated digital tower solution from Frequentis. The digital tower solution consists of an IP voice communication solution, featuring the ED-137 standard, integrated recording and digital terminal information and weather services, ensuring controllers have modern, digital solutions to support the additional growth expected to the region, including space for eight controllers.

jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com | 2022-11-07

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Eine Milliarde Stunden sicherer Flugverkehr mit dem Sprach- und Daten-Gateway VCX-IP von FREQUENTIS

  • Frequentis ist seit 1995 Vorreiter für ATM-spezifische landesweite Funknetzlösungen
  • Installationen in 70 Ländern auf sechs Kontinenten
  • Die größten VCX-IP-Installationen integrieren Hunderte von Funk-, Telefon- und Datendiensten und umfassen über 1.500 Netzwerkknoten, die mehr als 70 Standorte mit mehreren Zentren verbinden

Die Frequentis-Netzwerklösung für Sprachkommunikation, VCX-IP, hat sich seit ihrer Entwicklung vor rund zwei Jahrzehnten erheblich weiterentwickelt. Sie begann als Netzwerklösung zur Verbesserung der Netzwerkfunktionalität, wie z.B. gemeinsamer Zugriff auf Funkgeräte und Radar. Mehrere landesweite Implementierungen in Australien, Neuseeland, Mexiko, Österreich, Oman und Brasilien sind erfolgreiche Meilensteine, die wesentlich dazu beigetragen haben, Frequentis zum Marktführer bei Netzwerklösungen für Air Traffic Management (ATM / Flugsicherung) zu machen.

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Michaela.Kalina@frequentis.com | 2022-11-02

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