Virtual center technology in a trusted cloud

Virtual center technology in a trusted cloud

Making geographically distributed and redundant ATC a reality

Rohde & Schwarz is the leading manufacturer of voice communications systems (VCS) and offers virtual center technology for air traffic control (ATC) that makes geographically distributed, redundant ATC a reality.

Exclusive Rohde & Schwarz development
This innovative virtual ATC center concept is an exclusive Rohde & Schwarz development, one that reaffirms the company’s technological leadership role. This technology makes it possible for the first time to operate a VCS group with maximum flexibility for considerably greater failsafety.
At several locations, including across national borders, radiocommunications and telecommunications resources are shared as if they were in a single ATC center. The system can be operated in two different modes: either independently of each other in standalone mode or interlinked in joint operation mode. In joint operation mode, the users in the different control centers are able to access all resources and functions.
If one of the control centers fails, operation continues without interruption despite the geographical separation. Resources are redistributed dynamically. Unaffected control centers quickly and transparently take over the tasks of the failed control center.
This dynamic distribution between individual control centers is a decisive advantage for the operator, even in regular operation. The flexible distribution of workloads between air traffic controllers yields significant cost savings. The functional airspace blocks (FAB) required within the framework of the Single European Sky initiative can be integrated across borders with this technology. The ability to use additional data applications is another economic benefit. Weather data, video messages, text messages, etc. are displayed directly on the air traffic controller's console.

Full virtual operations
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and the Icelandic civil aviation authority (ISAVIA) have commenced full virtual operations with the fully ED-137compliant R&S®VCS. This has enabled the IAA and ISAVIA to become the world's first cross-border aeronautical communications center.
Existing legacy radios with analog interfaces can be integrated into the IP based infrastructure. The solutions that the R&S®VCS offers include various gateways with a flexible set of interface cards.
Recently, the reliability of the technology and the company’s expertise as a system supplier were impressively confirmed by the British NATS. At the NATS Supplier Conference 2017, Rohde & Schwarz received the prestigious Supplier of the Year Award.

Cybersecurity
It goes without saying that systems from Rohde & Schwarz meet the very highest requirements with regard to successfully preventing cyberattacks. In air traffic control, modern IP firewalls and intelligent mechanisms for detecting intruders ensure a secure and trusted environment.

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