On 10 December 2015, the SESAR SWIM Master Class Awards Ceremony took place in Brussels. Frequentis, as one of thirty nominated solutions, won the award in the category ‘SWIM-enabled Applications’. SESAR announced the winners in the three categories – services, applications and technical infrastructure – during the Best-in-Class ceremony at Eurocontrol headquarters in Brussels, where many live solutions illustrated that SWIM (System-wide information management) is becoming a reality within global ATM.
As a leading provider of voice communication and information solutions and an active participant in corporate research projects, Frequentis applied for the fourth edition of the SESAR SWIM Master Class in 2015 with its National Air Policing Centre (NAPC) solution. The NAPC Solution was selected as the winner amongst 30 impressive entries by the jury consisting of International aviation experts. Allowing accurate information sharing of civil and military information, NAPC is a best practise in implementing SWIM.
National Air Policing Centre (NAPC)
NAPC is the first SWIM-enabled civil-military application ready for use. Focused on preventing aircraft hijackings, acts of sabotage and other dangers to air traffic, it shows the common operational picture on a unified display of information to enable and enforce decision making and situational awareness. The visualization is based on military and civil surveillance sources as well as on other relevant aero-nautical information from a specified territory. At the same time, collaboration and decision support service is driven by checklists guiding the operators through entire incidents. “When seconds count to save peoples’ lives – being able to achieve this award for the powerful NAPC solution makes me very proud and summarizes what Frequentis stands for,” said Michael Delueg, NAPC Product Manager at Frequentis.
The new generation in air traffic management systems is ready for use. Business benefits such as cost-effectiveness, agility, safety and environmental impacts are results of applying SWIM principles; which lead to greater interoperability and collaboration between many different ATM stakeholders. “I would like to congratulate the winning entries, as well as the finalists of this year’s edition of the SESAR SWIM Master Class, who are true pioneers in modernising information management in ATM.
This evolution in information management is good news for our industry, but also more broadly for passengers, who, at the end of the day, will see the knock-on benefits of increased punctuality and fewer delays”, underlines Florian Guillermet, Executive Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking.
“This award is proof that SWIM services and applications are becoming a reality. We are proud of being part of this development and to have the opportunity to further showcase our leadership in civil and military air traffic management … for a safer world”, affirmed Hannes Bardach, Chief Executive Officer at Frequentis.
The National Air Policing Centre rollout for the German Armed Forces began in March 2015. It provides greater safety in the German airspace and cross-collaboration of the German Armed Forces, the German Federal Police and the German Air Navigation Service Provider. The solution will be fully implemented in 2016.