Atech, a Brazilian company of the Embraer Group, is taking part of the debates about technological advances in the field of air traffic control at the World ATM Congress in Madrid, Spain, from March 7 to 9. At the event, Atech will present ATM solutions implemented in Brazil—which cover 100% of the country—and are responsible for the country’s air traffic management and air defense, as well as for the flow management system integrating all flight data of Brazilian airports. For this edition of the World ATM, another highlight introduced by the Brazilian company is a new simulation solution for qualifying flight controllers, recently developed in partnership with the Brazilian Air Force (FAB).
In the field of management of air traffic control, Atech showcases SAGITARIO, also developed in partnership with the Brazilian Air Force, which marks the evolution of the air control system in Brazil as it employs an innovative communication, navigation and surveillance solution for the command and control of the Brazilian airspace. The concept of SAGITARIO focuses on providing complete control before takeoff until the parking of the aircraft at its destination airport, with the use of its systems installed in the airport’s control tower, approximation center and control center in the area, thus ensuring that all each stage is performed in a safe and efficient manner within the established international standards.
To work in concert with SAGITARIO, Atech has also developed SIGMA (Integrated System for Air Movement Management), a system that integrates data of air companies, airports and control organizations, among others, providing useful meteorological information for the management of air traffic control in one single database. With this integration, the system allows the flow management center to balance air traffic capacity and demand in order to ensure the safety of operations, as well as regular and timely flights. SIGMA currently operates in the Air Navigation Management Center (CGNA), in Rio de Janeiro, working continuously to ensure the balance between the service capacity of the Control System of the Brazilian Airspace (SISCEAB) and the demand of air movements. SIGMA was an important ally of the Brazilian authorities for successfully managing air traffic during the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
This background enabled Atech to join the select group of Brazilian companies exporting high-tech solutions such as Skyflow, acquired by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and already in operation in that country. Skyflow is the commercial version of SIGMA, having been adapted to the requirements of air traffic flow management specific to the Indian subcontinent.
Aiming to provide complete and integrated solutions, Atech has also developed a simulation system of airspace control PLATAO (Advanced Platform for Training and Operational Updating) designed to qualify and update the knowledge and abilities of air traffic controllers. This training platform allows the rendering of complex scenarios such as communication via the linking of data between the air controller and the pilot, and the scanning of aircrafts through new technologies. In the case of the solution developed by Atech, PLATAO creates drills simulating simultaneously more than one control center operational scenario. The system’s architecture features a pioneering take on Data Distribution Service (DDS) concepts for use in real time, according to the specifications of the Object Management Group (OMG). The system hence offers processes of data access and sharing, as well as system performance, safety, portability and scalability.