Thales Australias Air Traffic Management solutions scoop prestigious technology awards

Thales Australia has scooped two prizes at the prestigious 2010 iAwards Australias premier technology innovation awards program.

The companys innovative FLOWCAT Air Traffic Flow Management (ATFM) system was national winner in the Sustainability and Green IT category for managing airspace, capacity and traffic flow in an increasingly congested future.

Thaless Java Human Machine Interface (JHMI) Engine also received a national merit award in the best industrial application category.

The awards recognise Thaless focus on developing systems that ensure long term sustainability while providing customers with flexible technology that allows efficiency gains in the face of ever increasing air traffic volumes and complexity. Thaless capabilities in dual technologies allow these award-winning technologies to be used in both civil and military air traffic control applications.

Chris Jenkins, Thales Australias CEO, said: These awards reflect the positive response from customers and industry to our ongoing innovations in ATM. With increasing demands on air traffic, we are taking some of the worlds toughest technical challenges and producing solutions that meet these emerging demands in sustainable, environmentally friendly ways.

As a global leader in ATM, we are committed to continuing our very successful track record of investing in Australia and building significant skills and capabilities here that have benefited not only this country, but many export customers around the world.

The 2010 National iAwards, contested by over 150 companies across 14 different categories, were hosted by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) to recognise excellence in Australias technology innovation in the ICT industry.


FLOWCAT

Thaless FLOWCAT ATFM system provides a system-wide view for managing an entire country or region, utilizing real time end-to-end Collaborative Decision Making (CDM) to increase capacity utilization. This enables airlines to optimize operations by dynamically managing their routes and allocated slots.

FLOWCAT (CAMU) ATFM also recently won the Janes Airport Review International Award, as the winner of the 2010 Enabling Technology for contribution to enhanced capacity and safety in air traffic management.


Java Human Machine Interface Engine

The JHMI Engine is part of the companys Eurocat air traffic management systems, and provides a complete framework for air situation display applications, incorporating OpenGL for high performance graphics that provide advanced display capabilities to present safety critical information to air traffic controllers.

The JHMI Engine also recently won a 2010 Consensus Award, recognising Thales for its excellence in software development of mission critical technologies and systems.

Both FLOWCAT and JHMI technologies recently passed with flying colours the challenges of increased air traffic during the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The same new technologies and systems are currently being deployed in the new Singapore Air Traffic Control Centre, and have been proposed for the new Hong Kong Air Traffic Control Centre, other ATM systems provided by Thales, and for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) program in Europe.

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