“The Frequentis state-of-the-art ATM platform, MosaiX, for Amsterdam Schiphol airport tower has laid the foundation for more organised data exchange between applications through the MosaiX service bus. It also simplifies the integration of future applications,” says LVNL systems and infrastructure general manager Marcel Bakker. “The implementation of MosaiX was one of the largest releases in recent times in the tower domain, yet the operation was managed without any disruption.”

LVNL, the air navigation service provider (ANSP) of the Netherlands, has been completing a tower modernisation program with Frequentis since 2017 to modernise its end-to-end tower infrastructure, starting with replacing paper flight strips with the Frequentis smartSTRIPS electronic flight strips system (EFSS).

“Air traffic control is a fast-changing, dynamic environment that requires agility from all organisations, that’s what we are achieving in our partnership with LVNL, in this highly cooperative relationship that allows us to continually learn from each other and drive ongoing improvement,” says Frequentis ATM executive board chairman and ATM Civil executive vice-pesident Hannu Juurakko. “With the implementation of MosaiX, we have enabled LVNL to provide more organised data exchange between applications, as well as to simplify the integration of future applications.”

The EFSS is the first tower application to run on MosaiX and is now hosted on a redundant cluster of servers, which will accommodate other applications including automatic terminal information services (ATIS), departure managers (DMAN), surface managers, and safety nets. This architecture has the advantage of requiring less hardware and will reduce annual power consumption by maximising the number of applications running on a minimal number of servers. Another important advantage is the triple redundancy, which ensures high availability of the applications.

The next important step towards a comprehensive, automated, and fully integrated tower suite will be the introduction of the DMAN in the middle of 2024.

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