NATS, the UK's main air traffic service provider, has ordered Comsoft's OLDI FMTP/FDE Enhanced Gateway (COFFEE) to provide connectivity between aeronautical centres in the UK and Europe.
Under the European Commission Regulation 633/2007, all flight data processing systems in Europe must be capable of exchanging their OLDI messages via FMTP and TCP/IP by April 2011.
COFFEE will bridge the gap between FMTP TCP/IP-based and FDE-ICD X.25-based OLDI message exchange.
The system will convert the disparate message formats and enable transparent end-to-end communication between any OLDI system in Europe.
NATS will receive an operational system at Swanwick and a test/contingency system at Whitley, which will represent the interface between these sites and the Pan-European Network Service (PENS).
The new system will be based on Comsoft's multi-purpose gateway AIDA-NG.