UK-based Comsoft Solutions, in partnership with global IT company SITA, has developed and installed an XML Type X-ATS Message Handling System (AMHS) gateway in Atlanta, US, in a bid to ensure flight safety and improve air traffic management.
The SITA-AMHS gateway facilitates the transmission of XML-based data formats between airlines and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) in order to enhance air traffic services.
Comsoft Solutions’ MHS Business unit manager Uwe Kurpat said: “The SITA gateway enables reliable and secure data exchange across the air transport industry to ease the migration to AMHS.
“By combining our expertise in AMHS with SITA, who have over 40 years’ experience operating a Type B- Aeronautical Fixed Telecommunication Network (AFTN) data sharing gateway, we are able to provide an appropriate solution for the adoption of AMHS and facilitate the use of XML.”
XML-based data transmission is said to play a major role in the growing needs of air traffic management by enabling the exchange of critical messages.
SITA Messaging vice-president Dominique El Bez said: “As the industry leader, it is our role to leverage our air transport messaging expertise to provide fit-for-purpose solutions that respond to modern business needs.
“The collaboration between Comsoft Solutions and SITA simplifies and reduces the cost of supporting specific air traffic control-related connections and platforms to adapt to the required ANSP environment.
“At the same time, it makes all necessary conversions to deliver to AFTN or AMHS using Type X and Type B for enhanced data exchange.”
The XML Type X-AMHS Gateway features a disposable operational and contingency system with a switchover facility to enable full integration with SITA Type B and Type X infrastructure.