SESAR: FREQUENTIS hosted the 5th iCWP Club Meeting

SESAR project leaders, industry partners and other interested parties met again in Vienna (Frequentis headquarters) for the 5th meeting of the iCWP Club.
As the last few weeks have shown, the integrated Controller Working Position has come of age. Its importance in the new ATM landscape is undisputed and the iCWP will contribute significantly to SESAR goals. It also provides living proof of the importance of a highly-productive human-machine symbiosis. This alone is a success for the SESAR initiative, thanks also to the strong support of the iCWP Club. The iCWP Club is an independent group working on future integrated Controller Working Positions. The club is made up of suppliers and other representatives from various ATM industries.

Frequentis hosted 30 partners from 14 different companies at this latest meeting. Delegates from SESAR industry members (INDRA, Thales, Selex and Frequentis) were joined by several SESAR ANSP delegates (from AENA, ENAV, DFS, LFV and NATS). The presence of Barco and Skyguide demonstrated that iCWP is a topic of interest far beyond the boundaries of SESAR.

Theodor Zeh opened the conference with a review of the evolution of the iCWP over the last two years. He also mentioned ATC Global 2012, where iCWP was recognised as a core ATM building block. He invited attendees to keep in mind their shared goal: to improve the human-machine symbiosis to increase productivity. Steve Pybus, a delegate from NATS, followed with a presentation on the NATS roadmap and how it matches SESAR deliverables. INDRA gave an overview of their integrated working position and the alignment of SESAR prototypes with their product strategy. They also stressed the importance of creating non-standard solutions in future. BARCO then offered some very interesting insights into visualisation solutions.

The afternoon saw fruitful debates on different SESAR iCWP concepts and the lessons learnt from past validation exercises. These were introduced by Thales and Selex. The workshop concluded with a presentation by ENAV and Frequentis on the new SESAR OFA coordination platform and its potential for provement. Frequentis thanked the participants for their ambitious collaboration and productive discussions, and announced autumn 2012 dates for the 6th iCWP Club meeting.
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