Indra to equip Oman control centres

Indra will implement its new and recently-developed air traffic control station at the Muscat and Salalah air traffic control centres in the Sultanate of Oman.

The delivery of these consoles forms part of the contract signed by Indra with the Sultanate’s Ministry of Transport and Communications in 2010, a project that will last until 2014.

Controllers in the Sultanate of Oman will have a work station that has been designed with a holistic approach that takes into consideration current and future needs. Having this technology will offer an important competitive advantage for the nation’s navigation service provider since it will allow controllers to process higher air traffic volumes.

Using a single 56″ high resolution screen, controllers will have fast and convenient access to all the necessary information, eliminating the need to display data on different monitors. Everything appears in a single virtual environment that is free from visual distractions.

Controllers at the Muscat and Salalah centres can quickly access flight plan data, radar information, manage communications, consult meteorological information as well as flight documents and data.  Controllers are able to select how this data is displayed on screen to create their own work environment without any limitations.

The console adapts to the profile and functions of route controllers as well as approach controllers. This means that the Sultanate of Oman’s air navigation service provider does not have to purchase different stations for each post. This is an important advantage since it gives control centres flexibility in adapting to their needs at any time.

Each controller will have an individual username and password with which to access their personal configuration. The station will recognise their role and retrieve the configuration for their preferred work area. Operators can use any of the stations located in the control centre.

To ensure that the devices are able to easily adapt the technological developments and changes that are introduced in future decades, the control station has been developed with an open architecture paradigm. This facilitates interoperability to a maximum in order to include new software versions or integrate information from various sources without making changes to the system.

Interoperability is a key concept in the station’s design since air traffic management systems must more and more frequently exchange information with systems and control centres from other countries involved in air operations.

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