The ATM platforms are the set of systems for processing and presentation of information required by ATCs (Air Traffic Controllers), enabling them to manage air traffic planning and control operations in ACCs and airports.
The software performs the following tasks: accurate and clear tracking of flights across the airspace and on the ground, Flight Data Processing (predicts expected flight trajectories), generates alarms in the event of expected under-separation, supports optimal and direct flight planning, provides access to all meteorological information and regarding availability of airspace, taxiways and runways, through straightforward and easy-to-use interfaces.
ATM Platform – Area Control Centre
ENAV has always been at the forefront in developing advanced ATM platforms. The current one, SATCAS (Standard Air Traffic Control Automated System), in use since 1999, was one of the first in Europe to support fully electronic forecasting and dissemination of information in the control room and coordination among the ATCs in ACCs and between ACCs and airports.
The platform has recently been modernised to address the developments in operations and regulations. The latest updates have enabled Free-Route operations above 30,500 feet in the skies over Italy and the so-called “Data Link” operations (i.e. the sending of messages between controllers and pilots in place of voice communications).
In order to support greater capacity and fluidity of traffic some new automation components are being implemented. ERATO (En-Route Air Traffic Organizer), a tool developed by ENAV and DSNA, which integrates new functions to help ATCs to identify and manage potential medium term traffic conflicts
In 2020 AMAN (Arrival Manager) will be realized. It’s a tool dedicated to supporting the most effective planning of arrival sequences on major airports, which suggests the actions aimed at minimizing delays and total consumption.
The SATCAS system in operation in ACCs will be replaced by a new platform called 4-Flight.
The platform is made up of various innovative subsystems, among which the main component is the Flight Data Processor -FDP component, known as Coflight, developed in collaboration with the French ANSP. Coflight provides advanced performance prediction of the trajectory in four dimensions, calculated considering the weight of the take-off aircraft, the airline directives, the pilot's intentions, the real-time use of data related to any restrictions of traffic flows and of meteorological data both on land and in flight.
The 4-Flight platform will be able to ensure optimal results in terms of safety, capacity, environmental impact and economic efficiency for Enav, contributing to improved performance of the ATM system in Europe.
ATM Platform - Airport
The current ATM system in operation on the airports is being replaced with a new platform, called NTA (New Tower Architecture), also developed in cooperation with other ANSPs, in operation at the Malpensa Tower, and is expected to be implemented in the major airports in the coming years.
This new platform will allow the major airports to meet the European regulation on the c.d. SMGCS-level 2, that is able to ensure the surveillance of all vehicles (aircraft and vehicles) on the entire surface of the airport and equipped with a set of ground traffic and alarm planning tools in case of potential conflicts between moving vehicles.