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For more than 35 years, Rohde & Schwarz has supported supervisory authorities, airports, air navigation service providers (ANSP) and airlines across the world with a comprehensive range of solutions – from radios and voice communications systems (VCS) to direction finding solutions and the installation and maintenance of turnkey systems.

With more than 30,000 ATC radios installed and over 200 systems installed in more than 80 countries, customers around the world rely on the uncompromising quality of our products and the user centric design of our ATC solutions.

Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS)

Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (DFS)

DFS, Germany's national ANSP, turned to Rohde & Schwarz when renewing their entire nationwide radio network. This included replacing all existing radios with the R&S®Series4200 to comply with the EU directive that requires all radios to be capable of 8.33 kHz channel spacing. All radios are able to interface seamlessly with the VCS. Depending on the existing VCS, the radios can be connected with analog lines, a digital E1 interface or an ED-137 compliant voice over IP (VoIP) interface. At many sites, a unique redundancy system was implemented. The new radios are being monitored and managed with the R&S®RCMS II remote control and management system from Rohde & Schwarz, which also can monitor network components via SNMP. The renewal of the radio infrastructure involved more than 100 sites and over 4,000 radios. The project included system integration, installation, training and a long-term service and repair commitment with a comprehensive service level.

IAA / ISAVIA

IAA / ISAVIA

In terms of safety and efficiency, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and ISAVIA of Iceland operate one of the world's most demanding operational ATC scenarios over the North Atlantic. Shanwick OCA handles in excess of 400,000 aircraft movements annually and Reykjavik OCA handles some 100,000 aircraft per year. The CERTIUM® VCS-4G systems are set up as two independent systems. One is located in ISAVIA's communications center in Gufunes, Iceland, and the other in IAA's communications center in Ballygirreen, Ireland. The direct IP link between the two voice communications systems allows advanced scenarios such as sharing of air-ground and ground-ground resources as well as virtual center operation.

In a world-first deployment, the solution enables virtual ATC center operation. ISAVIA and IAA can operate their individual control centers in Gufunes and Ballygirreen on demand in joint operation mode, sharing radio and telephony communications resources as if they were in a single ATC center. The systems have now been in operation for a few years, and the two ANSPs have reported a significant improvement in staff satisfaction as well as resource utilization since they can now react flexibly to volatility in traffic volumes. Over the North Atlantic, flight routes regularly change between more northern and more southern routes in order to avoid the seasonal changes of the jet stream. Now the two ANSPs operate as one network and handle traffic volumes jointly in their two flight information regions (FIR).

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Airways New Zealand

The CERTIUM® VCS-4G full IP voice communications system was selected by Airways New Zealand as the new nationwide ATC communications system based on its flexibility, scalability and reliability. Following the successful factory acceptance of the system at the Rohde & Schwarz integration laboratory in Australia in July 2019, the rollout is already under way.

The system's IP design supports the pooling of ATC resources in a virtual control center. The quad-redundant, distributed architecture facilitates a "one center, two locations" approach and provides airways with significantly increased resilience and a unique geographic flexibility to manage their operations in a single trusted environment while physically residing in two locations in Auckland and Christchurch. The project involved close collaboration on various topics, such as human-machine interface design, control and monitoring of voice communications systems, system safety and integration with other systems.

NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA

In July 2019, following an extensive supplier evaluation, NAV CANADA awarded Rohde & Schwarz a contract to supply 17 HF transmitter systems, each with an output power of 4 kW, for voice communications in its mission-critical North Atlantic operations. The HF system being implemented is part of the R&S®M3SR Series4100 software defined radio (SDR) family, specifically the R&S®XK4100. It is also equipped with the new ED-137 IP interface. These radios follow the requirements of the EUROCAE ED-137 international standard for voice over IP (VoIP) air traffic management (ATM) applications. The transmitters will support NAV CANADA HF communications for decades. NAV CANADA provides ATC and related services for Canadian domestic and international airspace, and uses long-haul, beyond-the-horizon communications for aircraft flying in northern Canada and flights to and from Europe over the North Atlantic Ocean.

Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic

Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic

The Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic (ANS CR) is modernizing almost 200 controller working positions for ATC simulators at locations in Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary with CERTIUM® VCS-4G from Rohde & Schwarz as the core. This involves modifying existing CERTIUM® VCS-4G with user interface layouts of other VCS vendors in order to serve the specific ANS application of simulating various ATC environments during training.

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (China)

Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (China)

Rohde & Schwarz is installing more than 240 R&S®Series4200 VHF/UHF radios and 17 controller working positions at the new Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, ordered by the Southwest Regional Air Management Bureau of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The solution will enable reliable air traffic control and ensure a high level of safety for airlines and passengers. To support operations, 120 VHF channels will be operated from the control center. These channels are distributed across 13 sites throughout the Chengdu control area, providing five services: regional control, approach control, ground control, tower control and multiflight airway control.

COCESNA

COCESNA

COCESNA, the Central American air navigation service provider, and Rohde & Schwarz have agreed on a long-term collaboration within the framework of a memorandum of understanding (MoU). In the first project, Ilopango Airport in El Salvador was equipped with a fully integrated ATC communications system consisting of a CERTIUM® VCS-4G IP based voice communications system (VCS), controller working positions (CWP), R&S®Series4200 stationary ATC radios and supplementary components such as voice recorders, emergency radios and antennas. A second project comprised an additional 240 R&S®Series4200 software defined radios installed in 32 remote sites and airports across the six member countries for en-route control and ground-to-air communications.

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

Rohde & Schwarz installed more than 240 R&S®Series4200 VHF/UHF radios at Singapore Changi Airport, including at the new radio stations at Changi East. Besides providing high-quality voice connections between pilots and air traffic controllers, these radios also offer the new functionality of detection of simultaneous transmissions (DSiT). With the acquisition of these radios, CAAS will be the first air navigation service provider in Asia-Pacific to adopt DSiT. As part of the contract, Rohde & Schwarz will provide CAAS with auxiliary equipment, software, project management, training as well as after-sales services for a 15-year period.

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