SITTI AND SESAR VIRTUAL CENTRE EXERCISES

On November 11, 2022, ENAV (the Italian ANSP) (Air Navigation Service Provider) organized an Open Day for celebrating the conclusion of the campaign aimed at validating the Virtual Centre Architectures in the frame of SESAR 2020 W2.

The execution of the various exercises validated the concept of “Delegation of ATM services provision among ATSUs”, together with contingency use cases. For the purpose of the campaign, one ADSP (ATM Data Service Provider) and two ATSUs (ATM Service Units) were involved in a simulated environment, focusing on the coordination between Rome and Brindisi ACCs (Area Control Centres), also including Civil-Military operations.

The exercises were carried out at ENAV National Test Facility in Rome using COFLIGHT Cloud Services (CCS), LEONARDO radar stations and SITTI Voice Communication System (VCS) touchscreens, taking into due consideration the specific requirements to support the service interfaces with the Virtual Centre architectures defined by EUROCAE Working Group 122.

SITTI actively contributed to the success of the planned exercises through a simulated VCS environment. The VCS facility make it possible to ATCOs (air traffic control operators) working at the (simulated) site of Brindisi to interact with their colleagues in Rome and some (simulated) pilots to run all foreseen tests and positively terminate the validation campaign. The following operational use cases have been addressed from an operational perspective at different traffic load conditions:

  • Delegation of ATM services provision at night
  • Delegation of ATM services provision at fixed time
  • Delegation of ATM services provision on-demand
  • Delegation of ATM services provision between Civil and Military ATSUs

The SITTI system showed its native flexibility, by allowing the definition of many different independent operational scenarios, through which all communication aspects involved in the delegation process could be successfully assessed.

YANGON SIMULATOR BY SITTI

Myanmar (former Burma) is a strategic country for aircrafts flying between Europe and the Far East and Australia. The modernization of the local infrastructures already saw SITTI in the forefront with the supply of a MULTIFONO® M800IP® Voice Communication System (VCS) to the Air Control Centre (ACC) in Yangon, the capital city (as witnessed here: https://www.sitti.it/sitti-for-the-far-east).

About a year later, another VCS has been delivered to the same premises (please read here: https://www.sitti.it/simulation-in-myanmar-by-sitti), this time for simulation purposes at ACC level. Simulation systems are of fundamental importance to allow controllers to get acquainted with the system they will be using in their daily work. Through them, it is also possible to simulate abnormal conditions that may jeopardize the ordinary Air Traffic Management, thus increasing the situational awareness of the operators.

Through the SAMART Group, a Thai company very active in the region and that already proposed our products for their high reliability, SITTI has been asked to provide a further step in the local air traffic control environment, by supplying another simulation system, this time to the Civil Aviation Training Institute (CATI) under the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) for training both controllers and aviation students.

The VCS that will be installed for simulation purposes belongs to the same MULTIFONO® family and therefore it inherits the same levels of capability and reliability. More specifically, it is a M801IP system equipped with 6 controller working positions (CWP) and a communications dispatching server, also used for configuration purposes.

The combined presence of systems all developed by SITTI, primary VCS manufacturer and supplier worldwide, ensures the customer that all his needs are properly addressed through top edge solutions, both in the Civil and Military fields. The leading edge, redundant, non-blocking architecture of the MULTIFONO® Voice Communication Systems provide flexibility and modularity for easy expansion and addition of further functionalities.

SITTI MAINTENANCE IN BRAZIL

SITTI systems are designed to work without interruption for tens of years, thus guaranteeing customers extremely high reliability figures. This is one of the things SITTI is particularly proud of, because it gives clients the perception of a stable and always available system, which he can rely upon. Of course this also increases the positive reputation of SITTI far beyond South America.

As said above, SITTI VCS (Voice Communication System) systems are very reliable, so that unit replacement and fault repair activities are quite infrequent. The major CINDACTA Air Traffic Control centres in Brazil (Brasilia, Curitiba, Recife and Manaus) are under a maintenance contract with SITTI that provides technical, functional and system assistance to cope with any possible degradation or disruption.

The current maintenance contract envisages the physical presence of a SITTI engineer at each control centre during working hours 5 days a week, accompanied by the constant 24/7 availability on call in case of any urgency. Should anything serious occur that cannot be solved over the phone, a qualified engineer is guaranteed to be on site within 60 minutes.

Programmed maintenance activities are scheduled to be executed daily, weekly or monthly, according to the system parts to be supervised. Every month, a written report is prepared and handed over to the customers, listing all activities carried out and their outcome.

The current maintenance contract also includes the same kind of service for the CRCEA-SE centre in Sao Paulo and the APP military and civil control centre responsible for the Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro areas. In addition, an annual similar maintenance program applies to the other about 30 DTCEA centres providing APP and TWR service, with constant helpdesk contacts and on site intervention within 24 hours in case of blocking problems.

SITTI SYSTEMS IN EARTHQUAKE CONDITIONS

On November 9, 2022, at 6:20 am, an earthquake hit the Adriatic coast, near the cities of Pesaro and Ancona, Central Italy. The earthquake magnitude was not devastating, however it understandably created apprehension in the population that felt its tremors and was scared of possible serious consequences that, thanks God, did not occur.

On that day, the local fire brigades received about 1000 calls asking for help and requests of site inspections for making sure infrastructures and buildings and houses were safe to use, work or live in. The Pesaro operative room is equipped with SITTI MULTIFONO® M800IP® voice communication system (VCS) with 3 VoIP (voice over IP) operator working positions that were able to cope with all incoming calls and properly dispatch orders to the fire brigades patrols on the territory.

The VCS system has been under stress for many hours, representing the focal point for the communications between the operative command and the firefighters operating in the area. The reliability and continuous availability of the system, its capability of queuing calls and properly connecting operators, allowed it to provide an excellent service, so that all emergency calls have been duly managed and processed, even during the following days when more than 2000 further calls have been received for the same reasons.

The operative and control room in Ancona thanked SITTI for the unparalleled good quality of the system they have been using. His words are the best advertisement for our products. “This further encourages us to enhance and improve our products” – Mr. Federico Di Guida, head of SITTI maintenance department said – “to continue providing our customer with top-edge systems and services.

SITTI IN HONDURAS

COCESNA (Corporación Centroamericana de Servicios de Navegación Aérea) is undergoing a project for the modernization and extension of the air traffic control capacity and features in Central America. In the frame of this project, there’s the need for a new VCS (Voice Communication System) system for the ACC (Area Control Centre) in Tegucigalpa Honduras. The VCS  will be installed in the CENAMER ACC of Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras.

COCESNA awarded SITTI the relevant contract for the supply of the VCS system. The new system belongs to the SYNCRONIS® MULTIFONO® M800IP® family that  hasproven its reliability and flexibility in many other installations all over the world, particularly in America.

The VCS system includes 15 touchscreen CWPs (Controller Working Positions) through which ATCOs (Air Traffic Controller Operators) can seamlessly access the radio and telephone communications features provided by the VCS, regardless of whether they are analogue, digital or VoIP (Voice Over IP). All protocol conversions are completely transparent to the user.

A large number of VoIP radios (57), analogue telephone circuits (36), IP telephone channels (10) and the CWPs are fully integrated to provide controllers the fastest possible and most reliable access to the respective links and lines. All this features, coupled with the native flexibility and expandability of the system, heavily contributes to make their work easier and more comfortable,  making the skies safer.

SITTI is a primary VCS manufacturer and supplier worldwide, capable of giving prompt and topedge solution answers to Customer needs, both in the Civil and Military fields. The leading edge, redundant, non-blocking architecture of the SYNCRONIS® MULTIFONO® M800IP® provides flexibility and modularity for easy expansion and addition of further functionalities.

SITTI AT ARICA, ATACAMA DESERT

Arica is a medium size city in Northern Chile, close to the border with Peru. Arica is an important harbor where goods are shipped for the inland and neighboring countries and is also the end station of the Bolivian oil pipeline. The strategic position of this city is enhanced by being served by a busy international airport.

COMSA Instalaciones y Sistemas Industriales, a big (Spanish) infrastructure company, in the frame of large modernization activities at the airport, awarded SITTI a contract for the supply of a new Voice Communication System (VCS) at the local Aeropuerto Chacalluta de Arica (ARI), including Controller Working Positions (CWP), Radio and Intercom facilities.

The system being provided by SITTI belongs to the MULTIFONO® M800IP® family of Voice Communication Systems that has already been installed at many other aeronautical sites in Chile, from North to South.

A large number of analogue and hotline telephone lines are interfaced to the VCS by means of 32 dedicated modules that allow connection to the system’s VoIP internal network. Another 12 SIP telephone lines are connected through 3 dedicated boards that make it possible for ATCOs (Air Traffic Control Operators) to seamlessly  communicate through all kinds of available links.

Similarly, both analogue and native VoIP radios are interfaced to the M800IP® system by means of a total of 14 radio interface boards for the connection of 28 analogue radios, plus another 4 VoIP cards to get access to up to 16 VoIP radios. Best Signal Selection facilities are also included in the system.

ATCOs access all provided communication features through  touchscreen Controller Working Positions (CWP) that are also equipped with GPS-synchronized IP clock displays manufactured by SITTI.

The Arica system is expected to get final operational approval in the first months of next year.

SUCCESSFUL OVERRIDE BY SITTI

Following a safety requirement from the Italian aviation regulator (ENAC), the national Air Navigation Service Provider (ENAV) asked SITTI to implement a radio override feature between the Malpensa airport and the Linate ACC.

The safety requirement applies to airports with two parallel runways. It states that parallel operations can be carried out, provided a higher level management entity (the ACC) is possibly capable (e.g. in case of emergency) of taking control of the radios used at the airport.

The implementation of this feature was greatly facilitated by the native flexibility and integrated solution provided by the MULTIFONO® Voice Communication Systems (VCS) by SITTI.

SITTI at SAE 2022

On November 7 to 8, 2022, SITTI has been exposing at SAE (Saudi Arabia Exposition) together with our local representative, Communication Experts. SITTI has been exporting its products to Saudi Arabia for long time and is willing to consolidate its presence in the country and also leverage on the successful results and positive feedbacks of the installed systems to propose its vast experience and product portfolio to other countries in the Middle East.

Expansion, Innovation and Collaboration are the leading keywords of this exhibition. These paradigms fully apply to SITTI that is expanding both its product offer and presence in the area, by introducing innovative solutions aiming at a larger and better collaboration and cooperation among the various stakeholders involved in Air Traffic Control (ATC).

SITTI is world leader in manufacturing, installation, commissioning of VCS systems (Voice Communication Systems) and their ancillary (but not less important) devices and services like recorders, gateways, console, clocks, training, thus providing customers with a comprehensive totally integrated solution when it comes to Air Traffic Control (ATC).

SITTI is a full member of ATI (Air Tech Italy), the Italian association of companies specialized in the supply of innovative products, technology and services for airport applications. The association is also exposing at SAE. This makes the Italian presence and offer even more attractive to local customers and neighboring countries, having the possibility of complementing SITTI proposals with products developed by companies of excellence.

SITTI AND PAME: 15 YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL COOPERATION IN BRAZIL

Since 2007 SITTI is cooperating with PAME-RJ (Parque de Material de Eletrônica) for logistics and maintenance services in Brasil. The local subsidiary (SITTI do Brasil), headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, counts with a workforce of more than a dozen technicians and engineers taking care of all the on-site services in this vast country. During the REMAN event, SITTI offered to PAME-RJ a commemoration plate to celebrate the 15th anniversary of successful cooperation.

SITTI’s president, Mrs. Patrizia Crovato, intervened at the celebrations for this important anniversary, underlining the long-lasting excellent relationship between SITTI and the Brazilian Air Force, that made the contract being constantly renewed and extended since then.

Mrs. Crovato remarked that the whole company has “a particular bond and sense of gratitude towards the Brazilian Air Force, which is one of SITTI’s most important customers”, whose many installations are often mentioned as positive and comprehensive examples of fruitful four-hands collaboration between customer and vendor, between user and manufacturer.

We are really proud and honored to service the Brazilian Country.” – Mrs. Crovato continued – “We thank and praise the technical skills both of Brazilian Air Force personnel and our local staff that cooperate to provide efficient and effective control over a huge airspace, about double size compared to Europe”.

This is the 15th year of mutual trust and collaboration with PAME. I am confident that it will be continuing for many more years to cope with further upcoming projects in Brazil. From my side, as the president of SITTI, I’ll do my best to always have PAME at the forefront of our engagements and efforts. I thank you for your trust and we commit ourselves to improve with determination and constancy the services rendered and the infrastructure in Brazil.

Mr. Riccardo Ornaghi, SITTI Area Manager for Brazil, also took the floor, complementing the president’s words with a short outline of his positive experience working side by side with PAME and the great results achieved together.

SITTI AT ATCA GLOBAL, USA

ATCA GLOBAL is the name of the revamped event that ATCA has always been organizing yearly to bring together all stakeholders who manage airspace operations. The ATCA (Air Traffic Control Association) event will take place in Washington D.C., USA, from November 7th to 9th, 2022. It will be the gathering of all major airspace integration organizations that will show visitors their latest developments and future-oriented views.

SITTI will also be present at this important event, together with its partner, General Dynamic Information Technology (GDIT). Both companies will share a booth showing their integration capabilities and interoperability approach.

This unique venue will attract industry market leaders and decision-makers from all over the world to see and have “hands-on” with the ultimate results of the research and development efforts jointly produced by GDIT and SITTI in the Air Traffic Control and Air Traffic Management (ATC/ATM) fields.

ANSPs (Air Navigation Service Providers) and end users will get the opportunity to benefit from the Innovative Products these companies are presenting to the market, with special and particular attention to Integrated Solutions, combining data and voice.

SITTI is eager to participate in this event to meet both those new to us and those who have known us for a long time. Voice Communication Systems (VCS), VoIP gateways, recorders, integrated information solutions, and consoles are the main products developed by SITTI to provide customers with a comprehensive solution to their needs.

Come and visit us at booth 1020.