Colombian CAA partners with Rohde & Schwarz to enhance ATC communications at 36 airports

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The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Colombia (Aerocivil) has awarded Rohde & Schwarz a contract to deploy CERTIUM voice communication systems (VCS) at 36 airports. The agreement complements more than 1000 CERTIUM air traffic control (ATC) radios installed in more than 80 airports throughout the country.

All systems, which consist of compact IP based VCS equipment will all be delivered by the end of this year and will feature certified training, management and maintenance software.

CERTIUM VCS will be deployed in six main clusters, with each cluster covering several airports throughout a region. Centralised monitoring and managemetn is provided at each regional headquarter, via an Aerocivil wide area network. Uninterrupted power supplies (UPS) at each airport provide additional redundancy for each controller working position. In Colombia, air traffic safety, security and efficiency are kept in pace with current requirements.

“Rohde & Schwarz is proud to provide Aerocivil with the latest communications technology,” said Mauricio Samudio, General Manager, Rohde & Schwarz Colombia S.A.S. “We have a long lasting, successful relationship with our Colombian administration. This allows us to support Aerocivil’s digitalisation roadmap with solutions that allow them to continue safe operations and reliably meet future challenges. Covering the area from the Colombian Caribbean all the way to the Amazon rainforest, this contract is a milestone for ATC in the region.”

Kerry Airport unveils Ireland’s first Quick Personnel Security scanner

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Rohde & Schwarz has installed Ireland’s first Quick Personnel Security (QPS) scanner at Kerry Airport. The state-of-the-art technology enables a high throughput, enhanced security, and increased safety for airport customers and staff.

The latest generation R&S QPS201 was originally launched in 2020 and features improved second-generation algorithms that increase sensitivity to further boost threat detection, while minimising false  alarms, reducing processing times and subsequently reducing physical contact.

In addition, a more efficient scanning time balances the effects of incoming new X-ray inspection systems, which scan items inside baggage that previously had to be removed, such as laptops. Leveraging Rohde & Schwarz expertise in millimeter-wave technology, and utilising machine-trained software algorithms, the scanner can detect all types of potentially dangerous objects whether metal, ceramic, plastic or liquid. .

Easy to use, the system allows for hands-down posture for scanning while its intuitive graphical displays  require minimal training and enable operators to quickly achieve full proficiency.

“Now is the right time for this investment in the future of Kerry Airport, to meet the heightened expectations for safety and security within our industry,” said Tom O’Driscoll, Chief Security Officer, Kerry Airport. “Having recently installed explosives detection systems for cabin baggage (EDS CB), we are proud to now also adopt this state-of-the-art technology in Ireland, which will set new standards for service and wellbeing.”

Rohde and Schwarz’s Gary Walker added that he was “confident that Kerry Airport and its customers will appreciate the enhancements to service, security and safety, and that others in Ireland will follow their lead.”

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Hamad International Airport deploys Smiths Detection latest checkpoint screening technoloty

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Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar is first in the region to deploy Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX. The latest checkpoint screening technology offers advanced screening of carry-on baggage at security checkpoints using Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray. The technology enables airport operators to deliver the highest levels of security internationally and optimises checkpoint performance by expediting the screening processes helping improve the overall passenger experience.

Critically this investment in screening technology will enable passengers to keep electronic devices and liquids in their hand baggage when going through the security checkpoint procedure.

“At HIA, we are always championing the adoption of cutting-edge technologies to ensure operational excellence and deliver a seamless passenger experience,” said Saeed Yousef Al-Sulaiti, VP Security at HIA. “Smiths Detection has a reputation for providing market leading solutions with world-renowned standards for quality. We are proud to be the first airport in the region to introduce the latest CT screening technology available in the industry. HIA is committed to remaining at the forefront of technological advancements to continuously enhance the passenger experience while improving operational efficiency.”

To help safeguard the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff  the new systems will be partnered with fully automated tray return systems integrated with automated UV-C emitting modules that will automatically disinfect the trays before passengers handle them to further safeguard the health and safety of all HIA passengers.

New passenger screening technology has also been selected to replace the previous equipment, with HIA introducing Rohde & Schwarz Millimeter-wave body scanners and CEIA shoe scanners, reducing the need for pat-down search and shoe removal.

The new screening systems are in line with HIA’s mission to optimise various airport operations with smart solutions to cope with the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and are at the heart of the airport’s digital transformation.

Swiss ANSP partners with Rohde & Schwarz for future voice communications systems

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Skyguide, the Swiss air navigation service provider (ANSP) has selected Rohde & Schwarz CERTIUM voice communication system (VCS) to rationalise its voice communications architecture and meet future air traffic control (ATC) operations requirements.

The new VCS will be implemented under the umbrella of the skyC@T project and will be a Swiss-wide solution. Depending on the options, it will replace four to seven legacy VCS.

Described as the ‘perfect match’ for Skyguide’s demanding requirements CERIUM VCS-4G provides native VoIP services through a Swiss-wide redundant VCS. The system simplifies and rationalises the overall voice communications architecture, making use of state-of-the-art technologies, including virtualised applications and service-oriented infrastructures with country wide distribution of system components. It can also be seamlessly integrated into Skyguide’s existing communications environment.

We selected CERTIUM VCS for skyC@T, due to its capacity and cost effectiveness. It allows us to redesign the overall VCS architecture and to align it with the latest industry standards and technologies.

Stephan Meister, Skyguide’s Head of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance.

Heinz School, Managing Director of Roschi Rohde & Schwarz AG added: “Our team is very proud to have been selected by Skyguide with its worldwide reputation for best practices in ATC. With our strong local expertise in the implementation of demanding projects and value-based systems maintenance, we see ourselves as a long-term partner to Skyguide, jointly building and supporting Skyguide’s new and future-proof VCS backbone.”

Header image:  Rohde & Schwarz CERTIUM VCS selected by Skyguide for skyC@T