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ATM Display Application Development Requires A Modular Approach

Today's Safety Critical ATC Software is Expensive to Modernize

As the demand for global travel and commerce drives the demand for air traffic, the infrastructure supporting this demand has to evolve to keep pace while ensuring safe, efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable operations.

 

Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airport operators are investing in modernization programs that expand the capabilities of their Air Traffic Management (ATM) and airport automation systems to support Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) concepts and to meet obligations set forth in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU) plans. However, they do so while balancing their customers’ (e.g. airlines) demand for continuous reductions in air traffic service costs.

 

As such, ANSPs and airport operators look for products and solutions from their suppliers that allow them to reduce total lifecycle costs (development, deployment, operations, maintenance).

Summary

  • For ANSPs, changing the architecture and the way a controller working position application functions is typically a risky, time consuming and expensive undertaking.
  • Air traffic controller display applications rely on extensive front-end business logic that complements the business logic implemented in back-end sub-systems such as the flight data processing system or the surveillance data processing system.
  • ANSPs are looking to de-couple their ATM automation systems into a set of modular, interoperable sub-systems – they do so by adopting a Software Oriented Architecture (SOA) or System-Wide Information Management (SWIM)-enabled architecture.

ATM Automation Modernization Requires a Modular & Services Oriented Architecture Approach

Many ANSPs and airport operators are investing in modernization programs that expand the capabilities of their ATM and airport automation systems to support SESAR concepts and to meet obligations set forth in the ICAO Aviation System Block Upgrade (ASBU) framework. They do so while responding to their customers’ (e.g. airlines) demand for reduced air traffic service costs. As such, ANSPs and airport operators look for products and solutions from their suppliers that allow them to reduce total lifecycle costs (development, deployment, operations, maintenance).

 

In the development of ATM Display systems, customers are therefore embracing the service oriented architecture (SOA) paradigm that has become an element of next generation systems, both in the ANSP and airport domains. For example, the Single European Sky Interoperability Regulation has mandated the standardization of interfaces between Flight Data Processing Systems (FDPS) to ensure ATC-to-ATC interoperability.

 

These pressures to reduce ATM system lifecycle costs while meeting open system mandates, leads ANSPs and airports to place demands on their system suppliers to adopt SOA and SWIM-enabled architectures in their product roadmaps and solutions.

 

Harris Orthogon’s ODS Open Platform offers integrated development environments for ATM and airport application Graphic User Interface (aka: Human Machine Interface) development that fully embraces the philosophy behind SOA and SWIM-enabled architectures.

BENEFITS

  • Lowers Total Cost of Ownership: ready-to-use modules, automated functions, open interfaces, and automated regression testing results in lower life-cycle costs
  • Open Software Architecture: user interface and system interfaces can evolve independently of each other
  • Open Application Interfaces: plug-in technology and open programming interfaces ensure interoperability
  • Enterprise Module Repository: enable sharing of plug-in modules between different applications and across an enterprise development team
  • Operating System Independent: platform independent due to Java implementation
  • High Performance Application Environment: optimizes use of multi-core CPU’s

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