Austrian high-tech company Frequentis has been chosen by Serbia and Montenegro Air Traffic Services (SMATSA) to deploy its air traffic management (ATM)-grade communication network, vitalsphere.
Under the terms of the deal, Frequentis will implement the SMATSA internet protocol (IP) network solution at 32 locations, including air traffic control centre (ATCC) in Belgrade, air traffic control (ATC) towers throughout Serbia and Montenegro, and radio and radar sites.
SMATSA CEO Radojica Rovcanin said: “Our productive partnership with the Frequentis Group over the last 25 years is more than reason to remain in their capable hands with the continuation of ATM projects to support our air traffic services.
“With almost 600,000 yearly overflights recorded in 2016 our goal is to constantly improve the level of air traffic services and safety, irrespective of the increased number of service users.”
Frequentis’ vitalsphere incorporates several interface and transmission technologies, such as IP, TDM and microwave links, into a modern ATM network.
With the ATM-grade network solution, SMATSA will be able to complete routing decisions for radio, telephone calls and operational data with the highest level of availability.
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Frequentis ATM Civil vice-president Hannu Juurakko said: “Our next-generation ATM-grade network solution allows us to fully support their current and future air traffic service demands, vitalsphere allows the highest level of safety to be maintained while scaling capacity and improving cost competitiveness.”
The solution is in line with the latest version of ED137 standards for QoS algorithms, fast switching and rerouting times, while all existing VCS systems are integrated into the new network which is also ready for future expansions.
Image: Air traffic control tower. Photo: courtesy of Frequentis.