Indra Wins Eurocontrol Contract to Upgrade Air Traffic HMU Systems

The solution will incorporate first-class techniques for better vertical accuracy

Indra, the premier IT company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe, has been awarded a major contract with Eurocontrol to upgrade all three European Height Monitoring Units (HMU) Systems operated by the Agency. The new system, which offers outstanding performance to the European Air Traffic Management market, will be installed in three sites: Nattenheim (Germany), Geneva (Switzerland) and Linz (Austria). The first two sites already use Roke's VigilanceTM technology that is being commercialized by Indra. Now they will be upgraded with modern first-class multilateration and synchronization techniques for better vertical position accuracy. The previous equipment at the Linz site will be replaced by the same high performance VigilanceTM solution from Indra. Over 90 countries worldwide have used Indra's technology to equip control centres and airports with cutting-edge equipment. The exclusive use of Roke's Vigilance patents in Indra's portfolio expands its lead to develop the business further in a burgeoning world market as it is now also the only fully technically compliant system available. Indra's contract to refurbish and maintain the three HMU of the European RVSM (Reduced Vertical Separation Minima) Regional Monitoring Agency will be completed within two years. The resulting systems will provide world leading performance, unmatched by any of the small number of existing similar systems operating worldwide. About Reduced Vertical Separation Minima (RVSM) RVSM is an aviation term used to describe the reduction of the standard vertical separation required between aircraft from 2,000 to 1,000 feet, when flying at levels between 29,000 and 41,000 feet. Since its introduction in 2000, this has significantly increased the number of aircraft that can safely fly in that particular airspace, reducing congestion and delays. Moreover, the additional flight levels mean that more aircraft can fly near their optimum altitude, thereby reducing fuel burn, costs, pollution and CO2 emissions.

Source: Indra
Date: Dec 10, 2010