Hong Kongs confidence in the integrated tower solutions offered by Frequentis has resulted in a new order for the companys electronic flight strips system by the Civil Aviation Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. Under the contract, the global market leader for communication and information systems in air traffic management will supply the two towers at Hong Kong International Airport with its smartStrips next-generation flight data handling solution, integrating both Departure Clearance (DCL) using datalink and its smartTools solution for aeronautical information display and control.
smartStrips is an advanced electronic flight strips system that increases the efficiency of tower operations through automation, while also providing such safety benefits as runway incursion warnings. It integrates fully with local flight data processing systems, airport operational databases, and meteorological data sourced both locally and from the Hong Kong met office. To cope with traffic demands, it also provides Departure Clearance (DCL) to aircraft using standard datalink procedures and protocol. smartTools provide the controller with advance access to all the supporting information they require. The GUI concept focuses on the user and their needs, providing context-sensitive and instant access to important information. This includes real-time weather information, navigational aids status, relevant charts, and similar kinds of supporting information. The solution is based on the Frequentis TAPtools platform, an ATC-grade platform for air traffic control applications. This platform has also been selected by NATS (the British ANSP) as its electronic flight data system for the Prestwick and London Terminal Control centres.