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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.



News

FREQUENTIS enhances airspace safety in Spain with nationwide contingency voice communication system

ENAIRE, the air navigation service provider (ANSP) of Spain, is upgrading 14 contingency voice communication systems across nine different locations in Barcelona, Madrid Area Control Centre and ENAIRE Test Centre, Seville, Palma de Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Málaga, Valencia and Zaragoza.

The project, contracted in 2020, is the first large-scale voice communication project for the country, and was driven by a need for the renewal of the country’s backup systems. Frequentis has now implemented the contingency systems at both the main operations room and the contingency room in Seville, with the systems in Palma de Mallorca, the Canary Islands, Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza, Málaga and Madrid following throughout 2022 and 2023.

jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com | 2022-12-07

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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One billion hours of safe air travel with FREQUENTIS advanced voice and data gateway, VCX-IP

  • Frequentis has pioneered ATM-specific countrywide radio network solutions since 1995
  • Installations in 70 countries on six continents
  • The largest VCX-IP deployments integrate hundreds of radio, phone and data services, comprising over 1,500 network nodes, connecting more than 70 sites with multiple centres

The Frequentis voice communication network solution, VCX-IP, has evolved significantly since its initial development around two decades ago. It started as a network solution to enhance network functionality, such as shared access to radios and radars. Several country-wide deployments in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Austria, Oman and Brazil are successful milestones that have contributed considerably to making Frequentis the market leader in network solutions for Air Traffic Management (ATM).

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jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com | 2022-10-31

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Morocco upgrades aeronautical message handling with Frequentis Comsoft

Morocco upgrades aeronautical message handling with Frequentis Comsoft

The Moroccan Airports Authority, ONDA (Office National Des Aéroports), entrusted Frequentis Comsoft with the upgrade of their message handling and switching capability in line with latest ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) basic and extended AMHS (ATS Message Handling System) service profiles.

Thanks to its strategic location, Morocco is an important hub for air traffic flows between many regions of the world. The continuous and secure flow of aeronautical messages is crucial to safe air traffic management, which is why upgrades to new standards and the implementation of new features are vital in preparing ONDA for the future demands and challenges of its airspace.

“Frequentis Comsoft successfully upgraded our message handling system, smoothly, ahead of schedule and with no interruption to normal operation, despite COVID restrictions. The upgrade enables us to further support the increasing demands of our service, both now and in the future.” said Bartal Said, Information Processing Division Manager, ONDA.

michaela.dornhackl@frequentis.com | 2022-06-23




Events

Golden Flight Level 2023, Frequentis @ Booth # tba
14.01.2023 - 21.01.2023
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Golden Flight Level (GFL) is the annual international winter sports championship of air traffic controllers with participants from all across Europe, as well as from overseas (Canada, USA, Carribbean, Russia, Dubai and Australia).

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