The UAE-based Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Al Maktoum International Airport have tapped global technology and consulting firm Indra for its digital voice IP communication system, Garex 300.

For secure communication, these two airports have been relying on Indra’s Garex 220 VCCS system for around 15 years.

Since its original deployment, the system has been reconfigured, repositioned, adapted and expanded in line with the airports’ development.

Now, Dubai Aviation Engineering Projects (DAEP) is preparing to upgrade the system in a progressive manner by first switching to the Garex 230.

Indra’s Garex 230 enables the ‘latest’ in Voice over IP technology to work alongside the current equipment.

Eventually, the airports will transition to the fully Voice IP-based Garex 300 VCCS system.

The exclusive model for progressive implementations of the system is expected to offer leverage to DAEP on current infrastructure investments.

Without disturbing the airports’ operations, the model will also result in a low-risk implementation, streamlining the transition between the systems.

Throughout the three-year transition period, the gradual approach is said to provide reliable as well as secure communication between pilots and air traffic control.

According to the company, after the completion of the project, Dubai will have one of the world’s ‘most advanced’ voice communication control systems.

In a statement Indra said: “Voice over IP technology turns each component of the system into an independent network node, operating autonomously, offering maximum flexibility in network configuration and enabling immediate integration and interoperability with other solutions, as well as far superior performance and reliability compared to other systems.”

Furthermore, Indra has been selected by Eurocontrol, Europe’s air navigation authority, to digitalise the entire continent’s air navigation network, Network Manager (NM).

Last month, Indra secured a contract from air navigation service provider NAV CANADA to deliver ground surveillance systems at five Canadian airports.