IDS Ingegneria Dei Sistemi S.p.A, an Italian independent engineering and systems technologies company has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding - MoU with Aireon LLC, developer of the world’s first space-based, global air traffic surveillance system.
This MoU represents the collaboration between IDS and Aireon to explore the integration of space-based ADS-B air traffic surveillance data into IDS’s ATFM-ASM Suite for Air Traffic Flow Management, the IDS Billing System, the IDS CRONOS System and the IDS GNOME System.
Aireon’s global air traffic surveillance system, using a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), will make it possible to extend air traffic visibility across the planet, enabling global air traffic surveillance regardless of terrain, location or infrastructure.
The AireonSM system is hosted by the Iridium® NEXT satellite constellation and is scheduled for completion in 2018. To date, 40 satellites carrying Aireon’s space-based ADS-B technology have been launched.
Massimo Garbini, Chief Executive Officer of IDS said: “I’m very proud that Aireon can trust in a technical partnership with IDS to support Space Based Ads-b initiative. Through this MoU IDS assumes and commits itself to support Aireon in the challenge for the future of ATM.”
IDS provides various ATM tools to Air Navigation Service Providers - ANSPs, airport operators and airlines, which is used to enhance safety and improve efficiency and predictability from gate-to-gate, ensuring fair and equitable use of all airspace.
The Air Traffic Flow Management - ATFM solution, IDS billing system and other IDS tools will be able to improve current capabilities with the integration of Aireon’s global air traffic surveillance data.
In the picture are Massimo Garbini, Chief Executive Officer of IDS (left) and Don Thoma, Chief Executive Officer of Aireon.