SITAONAIR says an “evolving multi-link aircraft communications addressing and reporting system (ACARS) landscape, embracing cutting-edge cockpit connectivity and solid VHF foundations, will remain the backbone of the aviation industry for the foreseeable future”.
In its new white paper “ACARS: Timeless tech for the connected aircraft age” it says driving the evolution and diversification of its ACARS technologies is key to empowering the industry to negotiate an increasingly crowded airspace.
SITAONAIR recently announced major partnerships with Inmarsat and Teledyne Controls that illustrate the adaptability of ACARS capabilities for emerging technologies, reflecting and supporting the diverse global aviation community in the connected aircraft age.
The company has added Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) to its portfolio; an ACARS-reliant satellited-based flight deck communications platform giving airlines a dedicated IP connectivity service supporting enhanced safety and operational efficiency.
Working with Teledyne Controls, SITAONAIR is delivering the aviation industry’s first-ever airline-integrated ACARS datalink terrestrial cellular 3G/4G service.
Employing Teledyne Controls’ GroundLink Comm+ system, SITAONAIR is able to integrate terrestrial cellular services into its core datalink network, giving airlines the flexibility and benefit of another transmission channel for aircraft communications.
Meanwhile, VHF, VDL and legacy networks continue to be adopted, advanced, and work alongside these alternate technologies, around the world.
Among these significant programs, detailed in the white paper, SITAONAIR says it has upgraded Europe’s primary ATC-airline communications network, delivering Europe’s first Multi-Frequency (MF) Very High Frequency Digital Link mode 2 (VDLm2) infrastructure.
In March 2017 the Czech Republic’s Air Navigation Service Provider, ANS CR, appointed SITAONAIR to deliver a “communication gateway” to Prague Airport and others – through its ACARS network.
The company’s VHF/VDL network has also established an important new aircraft communications infrastructure in developing parts of the world, with more than 50 sites established in Brazil prior to the Rio Olympic Games.
Paul Gibson, Portfolio Director, AIRCOM at SITAONAIR, said: “SITAONAIR’s network continues to evolve from its VHF origins, embracing satellite services, VHF and higher-speed VHF Digital Link (VDL), to deal with the steady rise in air traffic.
“Our recent announcement with Inmarsat on our adoption of SwiftBroadband-Safety to our wide-ranging connected aircraft portfolio will prove critical.
“We’re excited about the potential SB-S will bring to enable us to further innovate new, and enhance our existing, services and solutions, around a dedicated, secure IP connection to the cockpit.
“Traditional ACARS and ACARS over IP will have a mutually important role to play in the ground-to-air connectivity landscape.
“Whether supporting the transmission of millions of messages exchanged every day, advancing Brazil’s complete VHF and VDL datalink network ahead of the Rio Olympics, or launching a next-generation flight deck IP communications platform, SITAONAIR is and will remain central to our industry’s ACARS story.”
SITAONAIR says the white paper highlights why ACARS, in its diversity, remains the “most reliable, efficient and cost-effective ground-to-air messaging system”.
- To find out more, download the full white paper, “ACARS: Timeless tech for the connected aircraft age”.