Evolving technologies

How have evolving technologies changed the international marketplace? What new product and service offerings have evolved because of these changes?
BenichChrisWChris Benich Honeywell In the air, aircraft operators are looking for avionics capabilities that meet ATM-related requirements in the regions where they operate. As technology and the associated ATM capabilities evolve, keeping our customers aware of changing requirements and mandates along with the timely availability of avionics upgrades, is an ongoing process that we must ensure we are ahead of, enabled by our constant engagement and relationship with regulatory bodies around the world.
On the ground, deploying new technologies such as Ground Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS) requires international collaboration to support consistent global availability of new ATM capabilities, as well as a need to engage multiple local stakeholders, such as the ANSP, airport, lead operator and regulator, simultaneously to agree on a path forward. Consequently across the ATM industry we are seeing much more collaboration at a local, regional and international level and that can only be a good thing for harmonised ATM modernisation
There are a whole multitude of systems currently in development and roll out that are born out of this collaboration. GBAS, Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) In/Out are all good examples of the progress being made to improve ATM infrastructures through international innovation.
PPaul Engola Lockheed Martin With the advent of virtualisation, cyber security, and cloud-ready products and platforms, it has become easier to deliver scaleable, low cost solutions. Hardware technology improvements have also contributed with low cost, high performance processors and networks. Display technology has improved such that specialised ATC display hardware can now be replaced in some instances with ultra high definition off the shelf products. These technology improvements are particularly advantageous in non-mission critical areas where flow management and airport IT solutions can be deployed in a very cost effective manner, tailored to the customer needs. In mission critical areas, these technologies are also beneficial, but will need further maturation before they can support the availability and software assurance levels required.
Robert WalczakwRobert Walczak Sunhillo Evolving technologies have changed the international civil and military ATM marketplaces considerably. Both ATC and ATM technologies have been moving away from ground based, human-in-the-loop, based technology into Internet Protocol (IP), airborne and space based technologies. NextGen programmes (NVS, DCIS, ADS-B), mirroring these shifts, are requiring companies to keep pace with new product enhancements, innovations and research and development in order to remain competitive.
Recognizing these shifts early, Sunhillo surveillance products are continually updated. As an example, Sunhillo’s Longport platform is a robust, versatile and modular system updated to accommodate the latest surveillance / sensor data and message protocols including IP.
Additionally, Sunhillo’s Longport system can be configured with an ADS-B receiver module that gives the user the ability to bring in 1090MHz Extended Squitter (ES) and 978MHz Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) data directly from the ADS-B antenna into a single slot on the Longport. The Longport can then convert the messages into virtually any format required by the ATC automation platform.
This solution is ideal for fixed base and mobile operations, locations with space constraints, and facilities that need to add the ADS-B data to their radar data display. Sunhillo’s Longport Platform is FAA-approved and deployed, providing sensor interfacing capabilities for the FAA STARS, TAMR, ASR11, as well as the military DASR programme. In is anticipated this ADS-B module enhancement and our Longport product will be in high demand both domestically and internationally as ATC and ATM services worldwide begin to fully embrace the use of ADS-B technology.
David WolffWDavid Wolff UFA They are a key driver for our business, because they have driven change among ATM systems, which means there is more opportunity for us to be part of such change processes.
For our market (air traffic control training and research) we have been able to harness the Cloud (internet and intra-net) to deliver new classes of products, as well as voice recognition technologies
GriswoldWStan Griswold Exelis The air traffic industry is very risk adverse, so changes are very measured, and appropriately so. We all rely on the highest degree of safety when we get on an airplane, so one of the biggest challenges is that implementing new systems is relatively slow. Most ANSPs update their systems across a ten year cycle, so it is during that extended window of time that new capabilities are brought to market and adopted. Once a country or region is able to successfully implement those advancements, however, it allows those technologies to be taken to other markets and integrated into new and existing systems.
As airspace is getting denser, the need for better, more efficient surveillance is key. Historically, surveillance has been provided by ground-based radar, which is still in operation, and a solution that we continue to provide to many countries.
However, even better surveillance data is now available through ADS-B technology and we’re expanding those capabilities through our participation in the joint venture, Aireon, which will enable global space-based surveillance and aircraft tracking. Airports and ANSPs equipped with this new technology will be able to use the ADS-B technology in conjunction with ground based surveillance to create a much better surveillance picture than they are able to today.
This is an example of how technologies can be integrated, and we will be working to help integrate these sorts of solutions going forward.