SITTI SERVER BASED VCS TO CZECH REPUBLIC

With the objective of enhancing the services provided, ANS-CZ (Air Navigation Services of the Czech Republic) have awarded SITTI the supply of two brand new VOIP server-based VCSs (Voice Communication Systems) to be installed at Prague Airport and Jeneč.

The M800IP-S systems based on COTS servers architecture being supplied to ANS-CZ are fully compliant to the most recent specifications set by the world famous EUROCAE ED-137 standard, which defines the way Voice Over IP (VOIP) shall be used for Air Traffic Control purposes.

The two systems that are going to be supplied to the Czech Republic have the capability of supporting 80 controller working positions (CWPs) that may be freely switched from one system to the other to cope with changing environmental and operational needs, without losing performance. The communication capability of the supplied systems is currently of 540 VoIP ED-137 radio channels and 100 VoIP telephone ED-137 links, although these figures can be expanded at any moment in the future with no detriment to the overall functionality and performance. Legal recording is also part of the supply.

 “We are very pleased of the award of these systems.” – Pietro Lucioli, SITTI dedicated program manager, said – “The introduction of these latest-generation VCSs will allow ANS-CZ fully exploiting the most recent technological achievements provided by M800IP-S for an extremely efficient and cost-effective management of the skies they are responsible for”.

New SITTI-ENAV Integrated Tower Product

At the World ATM Congress 2021 in Madrid, SITTI and ENAV Group are jointly announcing their new product Tower Integrated Information System (TIIS), a co-brand turn-key solution to integrate all systems and applications used in ATC Towers.

Come visit us at booth 562.

TIIS complete configuration is composed by:

  • ATC Console
  • TIIS Management Application
  • Tower Electronic Strip Bay
  • Tower Controller Working Position
  • Workstation for Flight Data Processing
  • Automatic Weather Observation System
  • Digital Automatic Terminal Information Service
  • Aeronautical Dynamic Data Management
  • Aeronautical Message Handling System
  • Voice Communication System
  • Audio/Video Recording and Playback System
  • Local and Remote Alarm Systems
  • Runway Lights
  • Ancillary equipment (Cameras, I/O devices)

Thanks to TIIS Management Application, all or part of the above systems can be supplied and integrated. Furthermore, its scalability and flexibility allow the integration of third-party legacy systems. Tower Integrated Information System is a hardware/ software solution for airports of any size or Remote Towers, which concentrates different data sources into one integrated product that reduces the number of objects on the controller working position desks. The ATC applications can be arranged in configurable desktops and layouts, each dealing with different management aspects, according to the Customer needs.

MODERNIZATION OF ENAV VCS INFRASTRUCTURE

In order to properly phase the introduction of the new VOIP technology at their premises, ENAV issued a tender for the definition of a Frame Contract that would allow them to gradually acquire the systems, according to their needs and internal schedule. The Frame Contract is aimed at addressing all airports operating in Italy, both in their Main and Emergency configuration.

Each airport site has its own characteristics and specific needs that have been taken into consideration while discussing the contract, so that ENAV can ask SITTI to provide the solution elements that best suit the local requirements e.g. in terms of communication interfaces and controller working positions.

This gives ENAV the freedom to span their modernization process over a longer period of time, without losing the possibility of implementing the upgrade steps according to their internal programs and schedules. Whenever ENAV decides to start with the upgrade of a specific national or international airport in Italy, a specific executive proposal is being submitted by SITTI for ultimate ENAV approval.

Such technical proposal takes into consideration on one side the current radio and telephone connections at the designated site and on the other side the best solution elements (in terms of hardware and software modules) to fully support those interfaces and to provide additional standard VOIP features in full compliance with the latest national and international standards and recommendations.

For the time being, ENAV has already ordered SITTI the provision of the main systems for the following airports:

  • Milano Malpensa International Airport
  • Milano Linate International Airport
  • Rome Fiumicino International Airport
  • Bologna “Guglielmo Marconi”
  • Genova “Cristoforo Colombo”
  • Brescia “Gabriele D’Annunzio”
  • Rimini “Federico Fellini”
  • Treviso “Antonio Canova”

Two other VCS Systems for mobile towers have been commissioned and will be operational by mid 2021. A large number of radio and telephone connections have been migrated to the new M800IP® systems, thus significantly improving the overall signal quality and capability of managing devices of different kinds (analogue, digital, VOIP).

In order to properly phase the introduction of the new VOIP technology at their premises, ENAV issued a tender for the definition of a Frame Contract that would allow them to gradually acquire the systems, according to their needs and internal schedule. The Frame Contract is aimed at addressing all airports operating in Italy, both in their Main and Emergency configuration.

Each airport site has its own characteristics and specific needs that have been taken into consideration while discussing the contract, so that ENAV can ask SITTI to provide the solution elements that best suit the local requirements e.g. in terms of communication interfaces and controller working positions.

This gives ENAV the freedom to span their modernization process over a longer period of time, without losing the possibility of implementing the upgrade steps according to their internal programs and schedules. Whenever ENAV decides to start with the upgrade of a specific national or international airport in Italy, a specific executive proposal is being submitted by SITTI for ultimate ENAV approval.

Such technical proposal takes into consideration on one side the current radio and telephone connections at the designated site and on the other side the best solution elements (in terms of hardware and software modules) to fully support those interfaces and to provide additional standard VOIP features in full compliance with the latest national and international standards and recommendations.

For the time being, ENAV has already ordered SITTI the provision of the main systems for the following airports:

  • Milano Malpensa International Airport
  • Milano Linate International Airport
  • Rome Fiumicino International Airport
  • Bologna “Guglielmo Marconi”
  • Genova “Cristoforo Colombo”
  • Brescia “Gabriele D’Annunzio”
  • Rimini “Federico Fellini”
  • Treviso “Antonio Canova”

Two other VCS Systems for mobile towers have been commissioned and will be operational by mid 2021. A large number of radio and telephone connections have been migrated to the new M800IP® systems, thus significantly improving the overall signal quality and capability of managing devices of different kinds (analogue, digital, VOIP).

H61NAJ Alitalia Boeing 777-243(ER). Photographed at Malpensa airport, Milan, Italy

SITTI HELPS MOVING APP TO ACC

ENAV, the Italian Air Navigation Service Provider, is aiming at moving the approach (APP) function from the towers to the ACCs managing the relevant areas. This will make coordination between ACC and APP easier and more straightforward, and it will be releasing resources at the airport towers, that have been responsible for this service till now.

The move of the APP function to the ACC premises requires coordination with the towers involved, in such a way that communications with towers are guaranteed even in case of failure of the Voice Communication System of the ACC.

A new “intercom” network has been put in place, completely independent of the VCS, to ensure that ACC and towers can always communicate, whichever the status of the ordinary communication network between them. The new intercom connections put ACC and towers in direct connection, as if they were “hot lines”, not requiring an explicit acknowledgement when a call is received by the tower.

The intercom system is configurable by means of the supervision system already envisaged for the VCS, thus not requiring any further special configuration computer and also utilizing the same database to avoid any kind of mistake for error-free activities. Re-sectorizations made at VCS level automatically reflect at intercom level, without any need for manual intervention. The audio exchanged between operators over the intercom system is recorded, as it happens for any other communication for possible later analysis and replay.

Each ACC is equipped with a specially developed keyboard, capable of connecting up to 8 towers. Vice versa each connected tower is equipped with a receiving/transmitting device to manage intercom conversations to the relevant ACC. Loudspeakers make incoming audio audible at any time.

SITTI At Inter Airport Europe

SITTI is a founding member of AIR TECH ITALY, the association of Italian companies providing products and services to airports worldwide (www.airtechitaly.com) with the aim of promoting the excellence and proactivity of Made in Italy solutions. Air Tech Italy and the Italian Trade & Investment Agency of the Foreign Offices Ministery organized the partecipation of a large number of associates to the INTER AIRPORT EUROPE exhibition, which will take place in Munich from 8 to 12 November 2021.

SITTI will be present at this important event, where it will be presenting the latest technical achievements in the field of Air Traffic Control (ATC) and operations rooms. SITTI can provide integrated comprehensive solutions for the complete management of voice and data related to the control of air flows, by putting together radio, telephone and intercom communications, allowing any kind of links and lines to be converted to/from IP according to the EUROCAE standards, especially ED-137.

In this respect, SITTI represents a one-stop solution provider permitting Customers to respond to all their needs, ranging from voice switching to recording, from analogue to digital and VoIP, from small airfield towers to large national control centers.

SITTI AT PMI DAY – MILANO

SITTI will be present at the PMI DAY organized by the Polytechnic University of Milan, where the company will meet graduated students interested in joining the company for covering the roles of:

– PROGRAM MANAGER (2 vacancies)

– PROPOSAL MANAGER (2 vacancies)

PMI is the Italian acronym for SME (Small and Medium Enterprise).

Read more here: https://www.careerservice.polimi.it/it-IT/Meetings/Home/Index/?eventId=25369

SITTI at WATC 2021

SITTI will be participating in the 2021 edition of the World ATM Congress (WATC) exhibition in Madrid. The show is going to take place from 26th to 28th October.

SITTI has been present at this important event since its very first edition in Madrid. This is in fact the right place where Air Traffic Control stakeholders meet. It is a very important event, where SITTI has the opportunity to show its latest achievements in this field, by attracting interest from many customers, both new to us and those who have been knowing us since long.

The recent acquisition of important contracts all over the world confirms the leadership of SITTI in the ATC market, being a primary reference point worldwide, thanks to its large experience and expertise in the proposal of integrated solutions for the ATC market. These include analogue, digital and VOIP communications, both radio and telephone, tower and ACC consoles, integrated information controller panels.

Come and visit us at booth 562.

NEW FIREFIGHTERS OPERATIVE ROOM AT BRESCIA

Firefighters are an extremely important resource for a country. They provide an unparalleled support to local communities in many fields, not just related to fire, but whenever lives are in danger because of floods, earthquakes, incidents, fires, smoke, and many other possibly dramatic events and/or in presence of dangerous substances. They therefore deserve our admiration and thankfulness. Their competence and strong capability of facing such difficult scenarios is based on their excellent training and coordination. This latter requires the use of advanced technological communication systems and solutions, capable of giving central operative rooms the means for timely alerting the personnel for a quick intervention and for coordinating their work.

Following the European directives on the Standard Emergency Number 112, the operative room in the city of Brescia (Northern Italy) has been upgraded with 6 new operative positions with radio and telephone communication capabilities. These constitute the core of the coordination capacity of firefighters in their area of competence. SITTI contributed to the success of the upgrade through the supply of the working positions connected to a new Voice Communication System (VCS) belonging to the MULTIFONO® M800IP® family.

Before the installation of the new positions, the operative room already had another 6 positions with similar functionalities. These latter have been moved to form a completely separated emergency room. The two rooms are both operational, one being the backup of the other one. They can however work together as a joint operative room in case of heavy emergencies or natural disasters; in this case 12 positions can be used at the same time to give the population the best service possible.

SITTI is very proud to have contributed to the upgrade of these operative rooms, which will be followed by similar activities at all other Italian firefighters operative rooms, so that all brigades will be equipped with their main and backup operative rooms. The M800IP® VCS by SITTI once again proved its flexibility and capability of being implemented in different fields, by giving users the best tools for integrated radio and telephone links, wherever secure, configurable and controlled communications are required.

SUCCESSFUL VCS SWITCH-OVER AT EDINBURGH

Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2021 – An important result has been achieved in recent days at Edinburgh AirportAir Navigation Solutions (ANSL), the resident Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), successfully completed the transition to the new Voice Communication System (VCS) provided by SITTI. The old system, which has been serving the Scottish capital for many years, has been definitively switched off in favour of a new modern Voice over IP (VoIP) system.

SITTI, world leading supplier of VCS systems, has been awarded the supply of a full standard compliant new voice switching solution that represents a big step forward for the modernization of the local Air Traffic Control (ATC) infrastructure. This big success is the result of three concurrent and integrated aspects, which greatly contributed to the final result:

  1. the VCS itself, the best solution on the market for the management of airport ATC
  2. the high level of professionalism of ANSL staff
  3. collaboration between ANSL and SITTI personnel which enabled the switch over to take place in spite of challenges created by Covid-19

A similar project is underway at Gatwick, the London airport managed by ANSL, where another similar VCS is completing its fine tuning to shortly become fully operational.

Both systems belong to the MULTIFONO® M800IP® family developed by SITTI in full accordance with the latest standards in the air management and air traffic control fields issued by EUROCONTROL and EUROCAE, with special focus on the ED-137 VoIP standard, which M800IP® is fully compliant to. M800IP® systems have undergone countless interoperability tests and operational assessments around the globe, offering advanced interfacing capabilities, reliability and flexibility. These VCS systems are equipped with interface units for connecting both digital and analogue radios and telephones and converting them to standard ED-137 VoIP links.

The VCS replacement at Edinburgh and Gatwick is driven by ANSL’s commitment to providing a very high level of service to airports and airlines through innovation and future proof solutions for integrated and efficient air traffic management processes. The productive collaboration between ANSL and SITTI made it possible to tackle the sometimes complex operational aspects and situations in the Air Traffic Control field, where the main focus is to ensure and increase flight safety.

ROME FIUMICINO GETS NEW SITTI VOIP SYSTEM

In the second half of December 2020, ENAV made a significant step forward towards the full introduction of the VoIP technology in their Air Traffic Control infrastructure. Few weeks ago, in fact, SITTI concluded activities for putting operative the new VoIP system at Rome Fiumicino international airport. This airport is the main Italian hub, providing long-haul connections to all continents.

Rome Fiumicino airport will be using SITTI MULTIFONO M800IP® main Voice Communication System (VCS), equipped with analogue and digital radio and telephone channels, plus a number of standard ED-137 VoIP connections. To ensure connectivity to ENET (the legacy voice and data network utilized by ENAV to interconnect their ACCs and airports), appropriate QSIG interfaces are also envisaged. All these different kinds of interfaces are natively supported by the M800IP® system, thus providing the customer with all the interface points needed, by taking full advantage of the ED 137 standard recommendations and practices. Digital recorders are used for legal recording.

Besides the VCS system, SITTI is also supplying ENAV with new controller working position consoles, capable of being assigned any operative role through simple configuration patterns. This guarantees maximum flexibility and interoperability in case of operational rearrangement and/or maintenance activities. The new consoles have been designed, on innovatice requirements issued by ENAV, and manufactured by SITTI with special attention to ergonomy and integration of diversified data and service sources, in the frame of the “NexTower” project by ENAV, aiming at the technological modernization of all air traffic control rooms and airport towers.

The successful completion of the installation, the subsequent in-depth tests and final commissioning in Rome Fiumicino are major steps for the improvement of air traffic from/to the capital of Italy, so as to be ready when the pandemic crisis will be over and the amount of traffic will increase. SITTI is proud to have given its contribution to this project.