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ALTYS Technologies is pleased to announce it has signed a cooperation agreement with Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC). This agreement officially launches a strategic effort between the two companies to co-develop and market an advanced surface movement guidance and control system (A-SMGCS) integrating a second-generation multilateration system.

JRC and ALTYS combine their expertise to provide customers with an A-SMGCS solution offering the highest possible levels of quality, performance, and cost-effectiveness. JRC provides its OPTIMUS solution – a 2nd generation multilateration system – fully integrated with the SAGA A-SMGCS solution from ALTYS. SAGA includes a dynamic surveillance display and a traffic replay capability for training, troubleshooting, or investigation activities.

Multilateration (MLAT) has been used for aircraft positioning in the airport and ATC industry for many years. However, the phenomenon of multipath interference, in which one signal is received from the same object via multiple paths due to wave reflection or distortion, can cause inaccurate position reporting. The 2nd generation OPTIMUS MLAT technology developed by JRC provides affordable means to correct this inevitable phenomenon, thus vastly improving the accuracy of aircraft and vehicle positioning as compared with traditional MLAT technology.

SAGA, the A-SMGCS solution developed by ALTYS, is a multi-function platform allowing multiple simultaneous user connections. It provides 24/7 visibility of aircraft and vehicle movements, as well as a wide range of statistics to support decision-making. The system also proves to be one of the fastest on the market, with excellent responsiveness, aka very low detection-to-display latency. SAGA’s various features and the wealth of information it provides make it a contributor to the airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) environment.

“We are proud to confirm our collaboration with JRC, a renowned leader in the provision of radio communications and navigation systems,” says Alexandre Simonin, CEO of ALTYS Technologies. “We are eager to bring the SAGA-OPTIMUS solution to the airport and air traffic control market, as the combination of these systems truly results in a breakthrough innovation. Together with JRC we will respond to the growing need for a high-precision, low-cost surface movement surveillance solution.”
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ALTYS Technologies had another excellent World ATM Congress in Madrid last week, and we would like to thank all those who were able to visit us at our stand. The show was a great opportunity to catch up with current business partners and touch base on ongoing and upcoming projects. We also were pleased to make several new connections and discuss future collaboration. We’re looking forward to continuing that contact with you to apply our expertise to your specific operational needs. We look forward to seeing many of you again next year in Madrid, if not sooner!
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SITAONAIR has recently selected ALTYS Technologies’ COSMOS system for the advanced monitoring of all VDL Mode 2 and ATN communications exchanged via its global network. COSMOS will give SITAONAIR enhanced insight into the performance levels of its infrastructure worldwide, as well as the use of VDL2 frequencies across various geographical service areas. It will also provide in-depth tracking capabilities for controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) issues such as provider aborts and abnormal delays. Through COSMOS, SITAONAIR will be able to share key data with its air navigation service provider (ANSP) partners – allowing them to comply with CPDLC performance monitoring obligations as stipulated in the European DLS Implementing Rule. The deployment of this independent solution further improves SITAONAIR’s control over VDL2 channels to ensure their customers are provided the best CPDLC performance levels, improving the overall reliability of the data link system.
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Come visit ALTYS Technologies at our booth #1208 at the World ATM Congress in Madrid this March 7 – 9. World ATM Congress is a unique opportunity for industry decision-makers to come together and discuss the latest technological advancements. We will be showcasing our recent and ongoing projects – from CNS systems testing to large-scale monitoring and data analytics. ALTYS is looking forward to applying our expertise to best fit your needs, whether they involve integrated communications systems, equipment or network certification, CNS monitoring solutions, or more. For more information, please visit the World ATM Congress website.
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ALTYS Technologies’ POCKET test tool has recently been selected by Embraer for the testing of data link functions based on VHF, including ACARS, VDL Mode 2, and ATN. The system has been successfully delivered this month to the Brazilian airframer’s facility in Melbourne, FL. Embraer, a leading manufacturer of commercial jets, will use POCKET to validate next-generation communications applications embedded in their avionics equipment, including CPDLC, ADS-C, DCL, and D-ATIS. POCKET emulates ground networks to provide quick validation of airborne data communications systems. With a lightweight, portable design and a simple graphical user interface, POCKET facilitates rapid connectivity testing inside the aircraft hangar or at the airport gate. It also provides automated in-depth reports for post-test analysis and troubleshooting through access to the POCKET web portal. Based on ALTYS’s suite of confirmed test solutions, POCKET was released last year in response to the industry’s growing need for a light, portable data link testing solution.
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Happy birthday, ALTYS!! We celebrated the company’s 16th birthday this week at our Toulouse office with a delicious homemade paella thanks to Jérôme.
The company was founded December 1, 2000 in Paris.
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ALTYS has recently launched a new solution for testing VHF-based data link functions. POCKET is a lightweight, portable, and cost-effective set for checking the VHF connectivity (ACARS, VDL2, or ATN) of an installation, whether aircraft or ground-based.
POCKET validates the installation of next generation communications systems – including CPDLC, ADS-C, DCL, and D-ATIS – providing quick PASS/FAILED indications. In case of connectivity failure, POCKET helps identify the fault segment and expedite the troubleshooting process. Airlines as well as avionics and ground system manufacturers will now be able to check data link function more easily than ever with POCKET.
The unit has wider-reaching capabilities than similar systems available in today’s aviation market – offering the ability to test all data link functions – but is much lighter, smaller, easier to use, and more affordable. The unit is composed of a compact radio transceiver, a mini antenna, and a tablet embedding ALTYS’s communication systems and test application.
Forthcoming product releases will support aircraft SATCOM functions testing as well as surveillance systems testing capabilities, including Mode-S transponders, ADS-B transponders, and TCAS.
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ALTYS Technologies is pleased to announce the recent renewal of its ISO 9001 and EN 9100 certifications. ISO 9001:2008 is an internationally-recognized set of requirements for a quality management system. The standard is heavily customer-oriented, specifying that the company must consistently meet customer requirements and aim to enhance customer satisfaction. EN 9100:2009, a standard widely used in Europe by organizations in the aeronautical and space industries, provides a framework for quality management, customer satisfaction, risk analysis, project management, and process evaluation.

ALTYS uses these standards to ensure its products and services consistently meet their customers’ expectations.

ALTYS’s headquarters, in Toulouse, France, were inspected and subsequently certified by Bureau Veritas – renewing its certifications for another two years. In addition to yearly external audits, the company also performs regular internal audits and reviews to analyze efficiency

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ALTYS Technologies has unveiled SAGA to the international airport and ATC community during Airport Show in Dubai last May. SAGA is a turnkey solution for collaborative airport surface management that provides ATC and airport operators real-time visibility over airport surface and terminal area movements, as well as advanced statistics, reports, and alarms.

SAGA can be used either with an existing surveillance infrastructure or with ALTYS’s ASTRA ADS-B ground station and MLAT system.

SAGA provides a means to ensure safer airport operations through enhanced situational awareness – as well as heightened efficiency through better information-sharing among airport stakeholders. ALTYS developed SAGA in response to airports’ growing need to accommodate increased traffic flows despite infrastructure constraints.

Designed for use both by airside teams and strategic management, SAGA heightens users’ awareness over surface operations and provides quantitative performance indicators. SAGA allows users on airside operations teams to visually track aircraft – whether on the airport surface or in terminal area – as well as airside vehicles. The system’s interactive and collaborative web application allows a wide range of airport stakeholders to synchronously receive real-time updates and alarms, such as runway incursion, temporary exclusion zone incursion, and conflict risk alarms.

In addition to its real-time features for airside teams, SAGA boasts sophisticated analytics-generation capabilities in support to strategic management. The system provides operational monitoring and custom reports for in/off-block times, landing/take-off times, taxi in/out times, runway occupancy times, and airport segment utilization statistics – among others. SAGA’s KPIs help airport stakeholders come to informed decisions regarding challenging long-term operational situations, such as standard taxi route modifications and airport improvement projects. It also provides airport operators with an independent and reliable source of information to automatically generate timely and accurate airline invoices. 

SAGA incorporates a Data Fusion system to integrate surveillance data flows (ASTERIX format) from multiple airport surveillance sources: SMR, ADS-B, and MLAT. It additionally processes data from other systems such as ACARS and ATC data link communications. It is flexible to integrate with existing surveillance infrastructures, or ALTYS’s ADS-B ground stations and multilateration system.

 “We have worked closely with airport operators throughout the design and development process to best meet the end user’s needs and make SAGA as easy-to-use as possible,” says Patrick Rahmoune, Head of Monitoring and Data Engineering at ALTYS. “SAGA can be smoothly deployed at any airport Operational Control Center or Controller Working Position, and offers 24/7 web access over a secure server application. It is currently undergoing operational trials at a number of international and regional airports.

 

Also seen in the news at airport-technology.com and at ATC Network.

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The SESAR project AGATHA – part of SESAR WP-E: long-term and innovative research – was successfully concluded early this year, led by ALTYS alongside ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile) and M3 Systems. The project proposed detailed technical recommendations to enable the smooth integration of General Aviation (GA) into the SESAR concept. The General Aviation sector currently lags far behind Commercial Air Transportation in terms of CNS capabilities – representing a potential barrier to harmonization in the European ATM system.
The AGATHA project’s main objective was thus to consider the feasibility of applying the latest wireless technologies to General Aviation to support a wide range of SESAR-compatible CNS/ATM applications and concepts, allowing aircraft to operate safely in a “connected” mode – all at an affordable cost. Following a round of consultations with stakeholders from the international General Aviation community, the AGATHA team identified operational priorities for GA and assessed CNS technologies’ ability to meet them.

The cellular communications system “Aero-LTE,” complemented by the Aeronautical Ad Hoc Network for Civil Aviation (AANET) – which functions via inter-aircraft links – proved promising for GA. The project proposed a navigation system for GA based on a GNSS system associated with SBAS (satellite navigation). And the team recommended a combined surveillance and anti-collision system that supports ADS-B and ACAS-X functions. All the systems recommended by the project team depend on low-cost and flexible RF infrastructure based on SDR technology, and use multi-mode, multi-channel antennas.

“The research we have done as part of the AGATHA project is an important first step towards the future GA cockpit – conceived and designed primarily in the interest of General Aviation,” says Kanaan Abdo, CTO at ALTYS Technologies. “Over the course of our discussions with the AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and other GA stakeholders, we have gained an important understanding of specific requirements in order to offer the most relevant solutions. Precisely, this project has taken into account cost, size, and weight constraints in order to best adapt solutions offered to GA.”
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