Thales SkyCentre - The future of Air Traffic Management uses Draco tera KVM switching system
Thales provides air traffic management equipment to the air industry. As part of the research and development activities, Thales has established SkyCentre in Rungis, France. SkyCentre is a unique environment that has been specifically designed to reflect a real operational ATM setting.
A Draco tera compact KVM matrix switch has been installed within the SkyCentre to enable system administrators to instantly reconfigure all the systems to suit individual tasks; whether for product demonstrations, research into operator behavior in simulated environments or validation of new technologies or regulatory concepts on behalf of SESAR, or other standardization bodies.
Control center and simulation rooms at Frankfurt Airport deploy Draco tera compact matrix switches
The airport’s management and control operations takes place in control centers, which are manned 24/7 throughout the year. One of these essential operations is the Airside Coordination and Data Center (ACDC). This control center comprises analysis, processing and coordination of central flight information for ground and airport surface traffic control. The recent relocation of the control center into another operations building provided an opportunity to revise and upgrade existing operational methods.
A fundamental motivation was to reduce and manage the environmental conditions within the control center’s operating rooms, optimizing the center’s working conditions. This was achieved by relocating the necessary IT devices into a remotely located equipment room. It was essential that instant access to all computers and IT devices should be maintained at all times. This would allow users to switch any required application or data to their dedicated workstations via keyboard and mouse without delay.
IHSE KVM extenders transmit critical data between Airport building and ATC tower at Sofia Airport
The state-owned ‘Bulgarian Air Traffic Services Authority’ (BULATSA), provides air navigation services over the Republic of Bulgaria. BULATSA recently upgraded the air traffic management system architecture at Sofia Airport. The upgrade aimed to relocate all equipment in one central equipment room (CER) in the main building and extend the signals to workstations located around the airport, some in buildings several hundred meters away.
The chosen solution uses IHSE KVM extenders to provide bidirectional signal transmission over fiber cabling, bridging the large distances between buildings with no visual image quality loss and near-zero latency.
“The KVM system was extremely quick and easy to install, so we were up and running with only a minimal amount of delay. It has been totally reliable since installation which gives us great confidence in these products.” Iavor Pavlov, Head of Surveillance, BULATSA
KVM Extenders help airport operations at Jersey Airport
Despite their sleek and slim appearance, Air Traffic Control towers house a vast amount of equipment critical to the operation of a busy airport. Much of this equipment is located on different levels within the tower construction itself, in dedicated equipment rooms and radar rooms, rather than in the visual control room at the top. This maximises the operational space in a restricted environment and reduces the weight, power and ventilation requirements for the operational deck. As a result critical data has to be transmitted between the equipment and operator displays in order for the air traffic controllers to carry out their jobs effectively and safely.Jersey Airport (DVXi) (662.1 KB)