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The continuous increase in air travel creates a challenge for air traffic control authorities to maintain and upgrade their communications infrastructure to ensure the highest level of air and ground safety. ATC requires a unique mix of communication services to enable effective management of ground and aerial control, as well as ensuring always-on connectivity between airports, national control centers and aircrafts. Another challenge is presented by the need to deliver voice, data, radar, guidance systems, video, telemetry, and other traffic, using a wide variety of interfaces, network infrastructure and technology generations.
Above all, given the critical nature of ATC systems, their communications must ensure reliable and secure operations at all times.
Multiservice Platforms for Secure, Uninterrupted ATC Communications
RAD’s field-proven Service Assured Networking solutions have been widely deployed in airports and regional ATC sites to enable robust ATC communications, using the Megaplex high capacity multiservice access platform, the Airmux sub-6GHz high capacity wireless system, the SecFlow ruggedized security switch-routers and the RADview network management system. Together, these secure-by design solutions support intra-airport multiservice connectivity, wireless mobility and high capacity operational networks, while enabling future capacity expansion to meet ATC’s evolving needs.
The Megaplex delivers AFTN data, direct speech (DS), Telex (TTY), radar data (RD), extended range VHF (ER), and VHF data link (VDL) traffic, together with other voice, video and IP services, using industry-standard interfaces. It efficiently transports traffic over copper, fiber, microwave, or satellite links, using a ruggedized enclosure specifically built to withstand the rigors of field operations. The Megaplex supports fail-safe operations with ISDN, VSAT and Ethernet backup, and ensures smooth, cost-effective migration to nextgeneration packet networks with hybrid TDM and Ethernet architecture.
In addition, the Megaplex allows future applications and functions to be added as needed, using a field-pluggable x86 server. It is strategically located to provide ATC cyber security and features a wide range of advanced protection mechanisms including authorizaiton, authentication, encryption, firewall, anomaly detection, and more.
The Airmux-5000 enables reliable point-to-multipoint and broadband mobility communications for on-the-ground personnel and vehicles, such as security staff, O&M teams and first responders. The Airumx-5000 features smart antenna technology, including beamforming, nLOS/NLOS and MIMO to deliver high throughput, long range coverage and robust connectivity – even in remote facilities and difficult terrains.
The compact SecFlow integrate multiservice functionalities with built-in security mechanisms designed specifically for supervisory control and data aquisition (SCADA) applications controlling mission-critical operations. These devices support IP and Ethernet communicaitons, as well as legacy serial protocols, and feature a comprehensive cyber security suite.
The RADview management system provides easy planning, configuration and monitoring of the network and RAD’s devices, offering an intuitive user interface and automated operations.
Utilities, transportation systems, banks, and government agencies
Performance monitoring of thirdparty service provider networks
- Supports Layer 2 (Y.1731, Y.1564) and Layer 3 (TWAMP) monitoring
- Plug-and-play design (MiNID)
- Immediate detection of service degradation
- Monitors and troubleshoots third-party Ethernet and IP backhaul performance
- Creates full SLA visibility across the backhaul network; can be plugged into any existing or new equipment in the network
- Alerts service provider so that remedial actions are taken quickly to restore guaranteed performance levels
Part of RAD’s vCPE Toolbox portfolio, the MiNID enriches the Service Assured Access offering with software-defined functionalities for enhanced demarcation, remote monitoring and fault isolation, as well as remote packet capture and micro-burst measurement capabilities. MiNID also provides instant upgrades for legacy switches and routers, as well as for vCPE platforms and COTS servers. This helps service providers, mobile operators and wholesale carriers introduce new services quickly and with better quality of experience (QoE) while increasing operational efficiency and lowering costs. Remotely managed via CLI, web interface and SNMP, it features zero-touch provisioning for fast and simple installation and does not require dedicated training.
The PM Controller uses a wide variety of standard tools to provide deep visibility into network and service performance and to ensure optimal quality of experience in LTE/LTE-A networks, typically characterized by rapid small-cell deployment. Part of RAD’s Service Assured Access offering, the PM Controller works opposite routers, switches, mobile base stations, or third-party responders, as well as opposite RAD’s ETX and MiNID NIDs. As a non-disruptive add-on, the PM Controller is an ideal solution for existing heterogeneous networks. It enables top line PM and testing in a dynamic environment regardless of the capabilities of the underlying installed base.
The RADview features a network element manager, end-to-end service manager for Carrier Ethernet services, performance monitoring portal for ongoing monitoring of Ethernet and IP services, D-NFV orchestrator for virtual machines and application services at the customer edge, and a network planner for resource optimization and capacity planning.
Featuring client/server architecture with multi-user support, RADview provides intuitive graphic representation of network clouds, links, nodes, end-to-end services, and network status indication. Fully ITU-T FCAPS compliant, it offers security management supporting user access profiles and allowing network partitioning.