Avinor has selected Frequentis to provide its multi-redundant X10 VCS for the control centres in Royken, Stavanger and optionally Bodo. With Frequentis X10, Avinor can now separate the control room and the VCS data centres to create true location independence for air traffic management (ATM) operations.
The contracted solution will provide a network-centric architecture with a unique multi-redundancy design. It enables dynamic sectorisation, supporting the principle of any controller, any sector, any position, and any location at any time, which provides the flexibility to adapt to any operational scenario.
“We find the architecture of the solution and the possibilities relating to virtualisation to be modern and future-oriented, contributing to ensuring an easier, safer, and more cost-efficient system management. The software lifecycle process and vulnerability management are giving confidence in the robustness of the solution,” stated Ellen Lystad, Director ANS Technology Development at Avinor.
Frequentis X10 is a fully software-based and ATM-grade IT VCS, suited for both virtualised and conventional airspace. It provides the resilience and cyber security required of a system built for safety-critical ATM, with multilevel redundancy, as well as the ability to adapt capacity depending on demand. Frequentis X10 VCS adds value to every air traffic control (ATC) operation, making it particularly strong from the air traffic controllers’ perspective. Loading of roles and the handling of scenarios are easy and intuitive, without any disruption to service provision. The advanced user functions ensure any clutter on the operator panel is eliminated.
“The X10 is our next generation VCS system, designed with operational agility and a future-proof update strategy that will ensure business continuity throughout ATM operations,” says Hannu Juurakko, Frequentis Executive Vice President ATM Civil and Chairman of the ATM Executive Board. “We are pleased to have a strong working relationship with Avinor able to support them with the changing demands of their airspace including efficient airspace management achieved through enhanced contingency operation via multilevel redundancy.”
Frequentis and Avinor have worked on numerous projects together since 2012 including, most recently, providing an uncrewed traffic management (UTM) system to support Norway in its drone strategy. In 2021 Frequentis also provided Avinor with its VCS for multiple tower renewals as well as a major oil field in the North Sea.