Air Navigation Services Finland OY (ANS Finland), which has 22 airports in its portfolio, has selected Rohde & Schwarz to provide Helsinki Area Traffic Control Centre (ATCC) with an upgraded air traffic control (ATC) voice communications infrastructure.

“We expect the project to proceed efficiently due to Rohde & Schwarz’ proven reputation for providing voice communication systems,” explained Osmo Nieminen, System Manager at ANS Finland. “We are pleased to have such an experienced partner as Rohde & Schwarz in this critical project.”

The systems for ANS Finland consists of 97 Controller Working Positions for operation in the area control centre, as well as approach and tower positions in Helsinki. The system will operate with more than 300 R&S Series4200 Voice over IP (VoIP) radios, that are already installed across the country to provide voice communication services. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz will provide R&S VCS-4G systems for Avia College – Aviation Training Center, with a total of 80 CWPs in the Simulator & Training VCS plus three additional CWPs in the Test & Validation System.

R&S VCS-4G will be deployed in a quad-redundant decentralised architecture, separated into main and contingency environments, providing Virtual Center capabilities with other ANSPs in the region. Looking forward this will enable air traffic controllers at one centre to fully or partially take over the duties of another centre for ground to air and ground to ground communications. Subsequently, this will help reduce operating and investment costs and take the workload off controllers’ shoulders.

“Rohde & Schwarz is proud to deploy the latest voice communications technology in Finnish airspace. Our aim is to provide ANS Finland with a cost-efficient solution that allows the customer to continue their operations safely and reliably, while preparing to meet future challenges,” said Alexandru Negulescu, Managing Director Rohde & Schwarz Center of Competence for VCS.

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