Software award for air traffic management innovation

Thales Australia has won a prestigious 2010 Consensus Software Award for its Java Human Machine Interface (JHMI) Engine the building block of the companys innovative air traffic management solutions
The JHMI Engine, which is part of the companys Eurocat air traffic management system, was evaluated by a panel of respected software industry practitioners. Their citation read: The human challenge of managing the ever increasing complexity of aircraft movements on a global scale has been impeccably and elegantly addressed by Thales new JHMI. The system has been internationally recognised for its innovation, performance and market potential JHMI proves Australian leadership in mission critical technological development. Chris Jenkins, Thales Australias CEO, said the award recognises the companys strengths in software and engineering. Thales is at the forefront of technology across a wide range of disciplines. Our air traffic management business leads the world in developing systems that ensure the safety of thousands of flights and millions of people every year. These systems require in-depth software expertise and an enduring commitment to innovation skills which this award has recognised. The high performance, flexible and configurable JHMI Engine provides a complete framework for air situation display applications. Its layered component-based architecture allows for deployment in entire system replacements or as an upgrade to existing systems. The software incorporates OpenGL for high performance graphics that provide advanced capabilities for the presentation of information to air traffic controllers. The design of the system is highly reliable, scalable, and adaptable to a broad range of system sizes and complexities. The JHMI Engine is the basis for three current products: the award-winning Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) system; the pilot module in the Eurocat simulator; and the tactical display component in Thaless next generation air traffic management automation system. Thaless ATFM system was recently deployed by Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) in South Africa, and provided faultless service during the heavy demands of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The system provided ATNS with an innovative solution that provided timely and accurate information on any event affecting the flow of air traffic and airspace capacity. The Consensus Software Awards are recognised as the pre-eminent awards for software developers across Australia and New Zealand. They exist to reward excellence in Australian and New Zealand software design, and to grow and strengthen software development in Australasia. The awards are certified and supported by Austrade, NZ Trade & Enterprise, the Australian Computer Society and the New Zealand Computer Society.
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