ADS-B market intelligence report out now

ATC Global has published a free market intelligence report focusing on ADS-B surveillance technology.
Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) has for years been recognised as a technology which can complement radar in areas of the world where, because of mountainous terrain or vast distances and relatively small traffic loads, it would not be appropriate for radar to operate.
ADS-B is a technology that broadcasts an aircraft’s call sign, position, altitude, velocity and other data, twice a second. ICAO has identified ADS-B as a main component in future ATM surveillance and is actively supporting ADS-B implementation. ICAO has revised key documents such as PANS–ATM Doc 4444 to reflect the change from radar surveillance to also use ADS-B for 5 NM en route separation. ADS-B relies on aircraft broadcasting their identity, position and velocity, and this signal can be captured by receivers on the ground (“ADS-B out”) or on board other aircraft (“ADS-B in”). ADS-B is recognised as an essential element in SESAR and in the FAA’s NextGen programme.
The benefits of ADS-B over radar surveillance, according to Eurocontrol, are its low cost when compared to other surveillance alternatives (up to 1/10 of a radar system with system coverage), its high accuracy, and the support of airborne surveillance applications which will enable many future safety capabilities.
There are three main sub-markets for ADS-B suppliers:
* The wide-angle, beyond airport surface surveillance market, which encompasses national, or in the case of Australia and Indonesia, regional surveillance programmes.
* The AMSG airport surface surveillance market, which includes ADS-B services for airport vehicle and aircraft tracking. Typically these systems combine surface movement radar, multilateration and ADS-B.
* Airlines, airports and flight operations – for aircraft operator flight management services, such as Honeywell’s “SmartTraffic” system which allows for better planning of oceanic flight level changes to reduce fuel burn.