Brazil's air-ground data link communications system has received a vital upgrade from SITA as part of the country's air traffic management modernisation programme.
According to Air Space Control Department (DECEA) plans, SITA will completely modernise the country's DATACOM system infrastructure with ICAO aeronautical telecommunication network-compliant technology by 2011.
SITA will also upgrade VDL Mode 2 ground stations and expand VHF coverage within the same time period.
DECEA will use the upgraded DATACOM system, which includes 27 VHF data link stations deployed across Brazil, for the smooth exchange of air traffic control data-link messages between aircraft and its air traffic controllers.
SITA will also upgrade DECEA's digital-automatic terminal information service (D-ATIS) systems installed at Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro international airports.
Brazil is undertaking this modernisation programme as part of its preparations for the Olympic Games in 2016 and the FIFA World Cup in 2014.