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Communications for air traffic management and airports

ABB’s reliable and quantum-safe hybrid communication portfolio provides mission critical connectivity, uniquely addressing air traffic management (ATM) application needs and 21st century aviation challenges.

  • Designed for air-traffic management reliability, safety, and efficiency requirements
  • Delivering real-time precision and secure deterministic connectivity as backbone of solutions based on complex air traffic management/control technologies

 

Our offering

Reliable, quantum-safe, and future-proof connectivity 

Each year, air transportation directly and indirectly contributes trillions of dollars to the global economy. According to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), global air traffic has doubled every 15 years since 1970s and will continue to do so for the decades to come. ATM plans must support the projected air traffic increase, including the addition of future unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), while meeting superfluous challenges in safety, security, environmental impact, operational and cost efficiency.

Safe and efficient air traffic services rely on the wide area network (WAN) backbone and access connectivity to deliver the main functions in ATM communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS). The CNS functions need application-specific connectivity and redundant networking plans amongst many air traffic control (ATC) CNS networks at diverse and remote geographical locations.

While many IT communication needs in the aviation industry can be met by commercial off-the-shelf equipment, only mission-critical communication systems such as Hitachi ABB Power Grids solutions are built from ground up to meet ATM regulation-compliant and application-specific communication needs. Our communications portfolio guarantees compliance and delivery of service requirements as set by ATM standards from ICAO, EUROCAE and others.

Ubiquitous airport connectivity

Intra-airport resilient wireless and wired connectivity with our mesh wireless Tropos and industrial Ethernet AFS product lines

Airport communication used by ground operations and security personnel requires resilient, tough and secure connectivity. Rugged Tropos mesh wireless products are designed for better than 99.999% resiliency with airport security requirements in mind (firewall, AES encryption with US government certification).

The Tropos mesh offering is built on a number of innovative features such as self-organizing and self-optimizing. Robust and high performance intra-airport communication networking benefit from Tropos’ multiple communication paths, frequency channels and bands, dynamic routing, power control and data rate control.

Tropos is industrial strength shock and vibration certified, meeting the harsh outdoor environment requirements for airports. It is proven to withstand extreme heat, cold, wind, rain, snow, ice and humidity, including hurricanes.

Tropos mesh supports dualradio (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz) and next generation wireless standards. Tropos Mesh OS leverages multiple paths, channels and bands to create robust, high performance networks.

The diverse AFS Ethernet product line are resilient, compact, rugged, and support multiservice requirements including built-insecurity. AFS and EDS500 are product families of ruggedized industrial Ethernet and Ethernet/SHDSL switches and FSK modems especially designed to support critical infrastructure connectivity by enhanced robust communication technology offering minimal downtime, predictive failure notification and encrypted management.

Intra-airport communication can combine the benefits of Tropos, AFS, and XMC20 product lines.

Intra-airport airport communication, serving operational needs of airport staff, includes the following services:

  • Voice/audio
  • Video streaming
  • CCTV and video surveillance
  • Push-to-talk (PTT) voice
  • Data communication, including text, graphics, images, files, databases, audio and video
  • VPN
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