UK-based security systems provider Northrop Grumman has launched Sapphire, a new range of air traffic control (ATC) communication products.
Sapphire is a collection of products and services that are aimed at easing the purchase, installation and maintenance of ATC communication systems.
The system uses the latest version of Park Air T6 which is considered to be one of the most widely deployed ATC radio. This improved version is fully compliant with Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), and EUROCAE Interoperability Standards for VoIP ATM (ED-137).
Sapphire uses a new cabinet architecture, which ensures tool-free installation of all the important components needed in the system with a mounting system for new generation radios, filters and ancillaries.
The system also comprises environment-friendly features. It claims to reduce power consumption and incorporates no hazardous materials in its construction.
The company has also pitted the system as being the world's most compact ATC radio solution as it is half the size and weight of its predecessor.
An internet browser-based control and monitoring system, MARC Server, which makes it easy to monitor from desktops and tablets, and a new customer portal that allows customers to gain assistance, access technical information and track orders and repairs in real time are additional features of Sapphire.
Based in a new purpose-designed training centre at the company's facility, the Park Air Academy helps in providing tailored training on Sapphire. It offers e-learning and practical courses based on ATC communications theory, system design, implementation, maintenance and support.
In addition to that, the Sapphire suite of products and services is available on tablets via the Park Air Sapphire App.
Image: Northrop Grumman launches Park Air Sapphire ATC communication portfolio. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman.