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
- 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%.
- 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.