UK-based air navigation services provider NATS has signed a multi-year agreement with US company Snowflake Software to use its Laminar Data software platform.

Laminar Data is a secure, cloud-based platform that is used to manage, share and monetise weather, flight and aeronautical data.

The announcement was made in August 2015, and the software company launched the platform at World ATM Congress 2016.

As the launch customer of the new software, NATS has signed a five-year agreement to use the technology for new applications that will help improve the use of aeronautical data for its customers.

NATS Information head Andy Sage said: "Managing vast amounts of data and extracting valuable insight is a problem for everyone in the industry and especially for our airline customers.

"Snowflake’s unique capability allows for the safe, secure and flexible hosting of a variety of data sources to offer our customers new and innovative ATM solutions, helping them to make better and more informed decisions."

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"Signing a five-year agreement with an industry leader such as NATS is a great start on our journey towards building a global platform."

Up until launch, Snowflake had been running an early adopters beta programme to receive market validation and feedback for its data-sharing and app-building cloud platform.

Snowflake Professional Services director Alexis James Brooker said: "Laminar Data has been a multi-year investment for Snowflake and signing a five-year agreement with an industry leader such as NATS is a great start on our journey towards building a global platform to enable the Aviation API economy.

"NATS has unrivalled operational knowledge and experience across the entire ATM industry, that combined with our Laminar Data platform enables NATS to take that knowledge to market with innovative applications at a fraction of the cost and timeframe that it could do previously."

Image: NATS has signed a multi-year agreement Snowflake Software to use its Laminar Data platform. Photo: courtesy of NATS.