FABEC to deliver first common VCS

Eurocontrol´s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) and the French ANSP DSNA have signed an agreement with Austrian equipment supplier Frequentis to develop, deploy and maintain a new-generation voice communications system (VCS).
This will meet the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) Concept of Operations and the latest EUROCAE standards.
The common procurement is based on the first common specifications developed by a joint FABEC taskforce.
The new VCS system will be deployed at MUAC in 2014 and across the French air traffic control facilities shortly thereafter.
DSNA and MUAC´s respective VCS systems needed to be replaced in the short term. “This common procurement is a good opportunity to foster system commonality, maintenance synergies and to reduce acquisition and landline interconnection costs while ensuring that we make timely and well-balanced investments to meet future air traffic growth and sustain our performance,” said Karl-Heinz Kloos, Director of MUAC and FABEC Champion for technical affairs.
With this new VCS system, DSNA will deploy a new technology which facilitates exchanges with its partners abroad, in particular with those who participate in FABEC.
The partners says that the cooperation between DSNA and MUAC – like other projects undertaken in common between European air navigation service providers – is one of the first steps that will make the abstract concept of FABEC a reality.
Other FABEC members may later rely on this common procurement and improve the commonality and maintenance synergies on voice communication systems inside FABEC.
Frequentis will use its French sub-contractor CS for the development, deployment and maintenance of its new VCS system.