Direction des Services de la navigation aerienne (DSNA) has started the New-VCS (N-VCS) project in France.
The installation of N-VCS will enable the French air navigation service provider (ANSP) to meet future air traffic management challenges.
Brest area control centre (ACC) will be the first of five DSNA ACCs to be equipped with the new system.
The other four ACCs include Reims, Bordeaux, Athis and Aix-en-Provence.
In May 2011, Austrian company Frequentis received a contract to supply voice communication systems for control centres in Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC).
Frequentis's latest VCS3020X will be deployed by the five DSNA ACCs and Maastricht Upper Area Control (MUAC) centre across more than 500 controller positions.
The technology will enhance air traffic control safety in France and at the MUAC.
The N-VCS system will replace the 20-year-old ARTEMIS system deployed by the Communication & Systèmes-Frequentis consortium.
The CRNA Brest will be deployed with more than 100 controller working positions and more than 400 IP radio links.
Frequentis ATM Civil vice-president Hannu Juurakko said: "We have maintained a long-time partnership with DSNA and together managed many changes in air traffic management.
"We are looking forward to further supporting DSNA through the evolution of future trends in this technology."
The new system will enable sharing of FABEC-wide communication assets and activities, as well as workload and communication resources.
DSNA CEO Maurice Georges said: "N-VCS is a step forward to a better interoperability of both operational and technical activities. It is also an enabler to managing an airspace block such as FABEC."
The system will ease the transition from present systems to end-to-end IP communication services provided by Frequentis.
It will also provide a backup to ensure the continuity of airspace control in case of a failure.
Image: The N-VCS system to be installed at the ACCs will replace the 20-year old ARTEMIS. Photo: courtesy of Frequentis.