New Analysis Tool Optimises Airspace over Ireland
The Danish company Insero Software, which offers intelligent software solutions for the airport industry, has just delivered an innovative analysis tool to the Irish Aviation Authority. The tool may be used to improve the terminal and air routes in Irish airspace in order to optimise operational efficiency.
With the new product, Insero Software offers airports and authorities a complete overview of all air traffic as well as terminal routes utilised by each aircraft. This assists airports in optimising their air traffic routes and holding patterns, thereby reducing the fuel consumption for air traffic.
The product, called ATC-Analyzer, is an enhancement of the SERIS System, which is the leading technology within management of terminal and Enroute charges. Where SERIS was previously mainly used by financial departments to document flights, the ATC-Analyzer can now be utilised by air traffic analysers at airports and air navigation service providers.
Optimisation of Irish airspace
The ATC-Analyzer has already been successfully launched and is currently being used by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA). The aim of the ATC-Analyzer is to create an overview of air traffic in required airspace(s). The tool can analyse and document air traffic flight patterns, and thereby track the effect of any airspace changes.
The IAA worked very successfully with INSERO to fine tune the interface and output of the system, while developing PBN & Point Merge procedures at Dublin. This enabled optimisation of the data the system provides in meeting operational needs. The system is currently being used to validate the published ‘expected approach distance’ for each STAR route published in the AIP for the point merge system at Dublin Airport, which may be used by airline operators for fuel planning.
The system has been in operation since April and has been very positive in assessing the operational impact of Point Merge.
Fast and accurate information
The ATC-Analyzer offers a number of different functions for documentation and analysis of traffic patterns and can for example document the environmental consequences of changes in the holding patterns and flight procedure changes at an airport.
"We have developed a system, which presents a large quantity of data in an easy, intuitive, and manageable way. On an average day, the IAA manages circa 600 arrivals and departures at Dublin divided between 113 terminal routes. We are able to present all of this information in a way that creates the most operational value for the customer, without compromising with data quantity or quality", explains software engineer Casper Korshøj, responsible for the technical design of the product.
Based on close collaboration
The final delivery to IAA has been developed and is based on a close collaboration between the software developers from Insero Software and The Irish Aviation Authority. Insero Software has been working with the IAA since 2005, and working closely with customers is a process that Insero Software has good experiences with.
"As for large deliveries and concept developments, we always involve and work closely together with our customers. This is the best process, since the customer’s original need often changes when they become familiar with the opportunities the system and data offer. The close collaboration also gives us a better understanding of the customer’s actual need", explains Henrik Lippert, while stressing that this kind of close collaboration only is possible because the customer and supplier have complete confidence in each other.