German air navigation service provider (ANSP), DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, has equipped Frequentis ISIS XM technology at three of its area control centres (ACC) at Bremen, Langen, Munich and their approach centres, in addition to Karlsruhe upper ACC.
DFS also plans to expand Langen ACC and APP to 304 Frequentis controller working positions, which the German ANSP said would make them the largest voice-based air traffic control (ATC) systems in Europe.
As part of the contract, Frequentis will support the German ANSP’s Project LASER (LAngen Sprachvermittlung ERneuerung – voice communication renewal in Langen).
Incorporating voice communication systems into the DFS communications network as per ISIS-XM and VCX network nodes, Project LASER will enable a single nationwide integrated network, known as VOICE-NET.
VOICE-NET will delegate air traffic management (ATM) tasks and responsibilities related to airspace, without any dependency on operator location.
The project also included the delivery of six systems, featuring the main Langen system and two test systems, in addition to back-up systems for all centres.
Implementation of the ISIS-XM LASER systems was carried out in February 2013.
Phase 2, which includes the establishment of a new control room, is scheduled for commissioning in 2015, along with the connection of additional 160 Frequentis controller positions (iPOS).
Image: DFS plans also include expanding Langen ACC and APP to about 304 Frequentis controller working positions. Photo: courtesy of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH.