Three Area Control Centres (Bremen, Langen, Munich) and their Approach Centres (APPs), as well as UACC Karlsruhe, have already been equipped with field-proven Frequentis ISIS XM technology. Langen ACC and APP will be expanded to a total of 304 Frequentis controller working positions, creating one of the largest voice-based air traffic control systems in Europe.
Project LASER (LAngen Sprachvermittlung ERneuerung – voice communication renewal in Langen) continues the long-term cooperation between the German ANSP and the global market leader in voice communication systems for air traffic control. LASER includes the integration of voice communication systems into the DFS communications network, based on ISIS-XM and VCX network nodes. DFS will eventually operate one nationwide integrated network: VOICE-NET. VOICE-NET will allow more flexible allocation of ATM tasks and airspace responsibilities, independent of operator location.
To fit the project’s overall contingency concept, Frequentis has supplied a total of six systems (the main Langen system and two test systems, all three with back-up systems). The ISIS-XM LASER systems were implemented according to plan in February 2013 and now the working positions included in Phase 1 (existing control rooms) have successfully gone operational. These positions were removed from the previous system while still in live operation and connected to LASER. The transfer was a complete success, with no interruption to control room operation.
The successful completion of Phase 1 has laid the foundation for Phase 2. The latter includes a new control room (planned for 2015) and the connection of a further 160 Frequentis controller positions (iPOS).