Taiwan success as new Air Traffic Management system passes rigorous acceptance testing

Thales Australias successful delivery of its most advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) system to date has been confirmed by Final System Acceptance in Taiwan.
The countrys next generation Eurocat system provides a vastly superior capability to Taiwans Air Navigation & Weather Services (ANWS) than previous technologies, with high levels of safety, efficiency, performance and contingency.

Chris Jenkins, Thales Australias CEO, said: Taiwan is commissioning one of the most advanced ATM systems in the world. This cutting edge technology contains a high level of future proofing, plus mission critical technology that will help ANWS manage significant growth in regional air traffic over the coming years.

Our long term investment in our facility in Melbourne, Australia, has created a global centre of excellence that is ideally suited to working closely with customers to deliver safe, cost-effective and highly innovative ATM systems.

Final System Acceptance followed a stringent Site Acceptance Test and 720 hours of Operational Availability testing. The deployment incorporates over 27 sites, including two main centres situated in the north of Taipei and in Kaohsiung, as well as 11 remote towers located in Taiwan and surrounding islands. The system also includes simulators, a development environment and an aviation training system.

The testing included the validation of the newest Thales Multi Sensor Tracking System (MSTS), which fuses the data from all available types of surveillance sensors, including advanced filtering and surveillance tracking, to provide the most accurate aircraft tracker system available in the world today.

This very precise functionality will provide ANWS with increased capacity capabilities, optimisation of air routes and improved safety because of optimal tracking of all aircraft in Taiwanese airspace.

The Eurocat system, together with an integrated Thales Aeronautical Information System and a Digital Voice Control System, was supplied to ANWS as part of the Air Traffic Management Automation System (ATMAS) program awarded to Thales in 2006.

Full operational transition to the new ATMAS systems is scheduled to be completed by July 2011.
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