ETSI hosts Air Traffic Management VoIP interoperability tests

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France - June 2011

ETSI's Centre for Testing and Interoperability (CTI), in cooperation with EUROCONTROL and EUROCAE WG67, has organized a fourth Air Traffic Management (ATM) VoIP Plugtests™ interoperability testing event.  The event took place from the 20th to the 24th of June, in Sophia Antipolis, France, close to ETSI's headquarters and involved 12 ATM equipment suppliers.  The interoperability tests are based on the EUROCAE specification ED-136 – 'VoIP Air Traffic Management System Operational and Technical Requirements' and on EUROCAE specification ED-137A – 'Interoperability Standards for VoIP ATM Components'.

This is the latest in a very successful series of interoperability events on VoIP for Air Traffic Management organized by ETSI, which are enabling suppliers to prepare ATM VoIP Voice Communication Systems and Ground Radio Station deployments for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) in accordance with the Single European Sky (SES) Framework.

Guy Potiron EUROCAE WG67 Chair says:
'The first ETSI Plugtests in 2009 and 2010 have been focused on ED 137 Part 1 (radio) and Part 2 (telephone), which were endorsed in 2010 by the FAA and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). These latest ATM VoIP Plugtests organized by ETSI  have been more focused on interoperability to and from VoIP Recorders, whose importance is shown during legal investigation after an Air Traffic incident/accident. These Plugtests are essential to consolidate the validation of EUROCAE ED 137 to start ATM VoIP implementation from 2012.'