A new IP-based backup system has been installed to support the voice communication system (VCS) at Zaragoza Airport in Spain.

The new self-contained integrated system, installed by Frequentis and INSTER works independent of the main VCS and main existing radios to ensure reliability in voice communication.

In case of the partial or complete failure of the main VCS, the IP-based system will allow the airport operator to maintain access to radio and telephone resources and all key ATC functions.

Frequentis CEO Hannes Bardach said: "Frequentis has always prided itself on developing ground-breaking technology, and the new IP-based VCS backup system continues this tradition."

"We’re thrilled at the positive response this new addition to our product portfolio has received from clients like AENA," Bardach said.

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Frequentis along with its Spanish partner, Inster integrated a new 2-position backup system with less spacious 8in touch panels into the existing VCS at the airport.

The system is Frequentis’ first ED-137 compliant IP technology for AENA, Spain’s air navigation service provider.

The company had first developed an integrated IP-based backup in the 6.1 release of its 3020X VCS and the solution is now available as a standalone application.

Frequentis said the system connection can be configured in a very short time offering simple, intuitive user interfaces.

The company has so far delivered over 50 VCS 3020X systems to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NASA.

The French air navigation service provider (DSNA) and EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (UAC) has selected Frequentis for the development, deployment and maintenance of their future voice communication systems.

The system will be developed in line with the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) common specifications. The FABEC N-VCS project will help with implementing the next generation of air traffic management communication in the European airspace.


Image: The IP-based system is Frequentis’ first ED-137 compliant IP technology for AENA, Spain’s air navigation service provider. Photo: Frequentis.