Rohde & Schwarz To Showcase Solutions For Air Traffic Management At WATMC 17

Rohde and Schwarz will be presenting its comprehensive solutions for secure ATC airborne communications and innovative air traffic management at the World ATM Congress (WATMC) from March 7 to 9, 2017 in Madrid.

The event highlight will be the innovative R&S VCS-4G voice communications system which was ordered by the British Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), NATS, from Rohde & Schwarz for its Second Voice System to ensure secure radio communications in UK airspace. Within the framework of the Single European Sky (SES) initiative, NATS looks to modernize its entire air traffic management (ATM) infrastructure over the next few years. As part of this modernization, ATC communications will be converted from TDM-based systems to VoIP. As airspace becomes more crowded, there is an increased demand for load-based reallocation of resources while ensuring efficient and sustainable air traffic control (ATC) in line with the highest safety standards.

The company will also demonstrate its software defined radios for secure ATC airborne communications. The detection of simultaneous transmissions (DSiT) software option for R&S Series4200 mobile devices enables operators to quickly recognize simultaneous transmissions on a radio channel, preventing dangerous situations caused by misunderstandings between air traffic controllers and pilots.

With a growing threat in high-security environments posed by remote control drones, these flying objects pose a safety risk at airports where they interfere with air traffic flow. The R&S ARDRONIS radio monitoring system to be exhibited at the event will allow users to locate the operator of a remote controlled drone and intervene in a timely manner. R&S ARDRONIS automatically and reliably detects when the remote control of a commercial off-the-shelf drone is activated within the vicinity of the airport.