VoIP Air Traffic Management. ETSI Plugtests™ prepares EATM Voice products provision by consolidation of standards definition

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France - 24 April 2008

ETSI is pleased to announce the successful completion of the first VoIP Air Traffic Management Interoperability Plugtests™ event, held 14-18 April 2008 at its Headquarters in France in support of EUROCAE.

At a time when convergence of Voice and Data into one network can be seen in the marketplace and the Air Traffic Management Voice Communication System is evolving to integrate this, the capability of voice over IP technology may fulfil and improve operational and technical air traffic management communication requirements, including voice/data convergence, specific quality of service (QoS), security and safety requirements. 

To ensure a high-degree of technical quality in the EUROCAE WG67 specification, this Plugtests™ event tested the Interoperability of the first implementations compliant with the current EUROCAE WG67 draft 1 documents to be published in July 2008 for Open Consultation.

243 tests were executed during the event with 89% Interoperability observed.

Participants included five Voice Communication System Suppliers: CS SI, Frequentis, Indra, Page, & Sitti, one Ground Radio Station Supplier: Selex Com, and Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) including DFS, DSNA, FAA, and the Eurocontrol Agency.

The event proved invaluable in the improvement of Interoperability by enabling the identification of 'areas for improvement' through the detection of errors and ambiguities within the current draft standards at an early stage and will accelerate the process of bringing ATM VoIP products to market in order to contribute to the implementation of the future European ATM system as defined in the framework of SESAR, the EC R&D project for a common air traffic management system in Europe.

Guy Potiron (DSNA) EUROCAE WG67 Chairman said:
'This first Plugtests™ event was most satisfactory with respect to EUROCAE WG67 work carried out over the last four years and also very promising for the next VoIP implementation within Air Traffic Management in the framework of SESAR. We now need to go even further by organizing in the near future a second event with even more companies present, particularly for Ground Radio Stations and Recorders, in order to perform more technical and operational tests to provide European standards.'

Hansjoerg Seipp, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung said:
'We achieved great success in Interoperability testing of voice applications and took a step further to achieving customer-oriented solutions for our air-traffic management business in Europe. Plugtests events are a most effective means to check specifications against the first implementations.'

Anthony Wiles, ETSI CTI Director said:
'ETSI has many years of experience in assisting our members to test VoIP technologies based on IETF SIP. We are very pleased to have had this opportunity to share this experience with EUROCAE WG67 in the first practical validation of their specifications and product implementations and look forward to working with EUROCAE in the future.'

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Notes for Editors

For more information please contact:

Anthony Wiles
Director, ETSI Centre for Testing and Interoperability
Tel:  +33 4 92944387 
Email: [email protected]

About ETSI Plugtests

ETSI Plugtests™ are a series of interoperability events aimed at validating and improving the technical quality of ETSI standards and other specifications.

For more information: http://www.etsi.org/plugtests/

About EUROCAE WG67

EUROCAE Working Group 67 (WG67) defines standards guaranteeing ATM VoIP interoperability and includes system and equipment suppliers, main European Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSP), FAA and Eurocontrol. In order to guarantee safe and secure voice communications in an Air Traffic Management environment this group is defining the interoperable interfaces for Ground-Ground ATS Voice communications and Ground-Ground part of Air-Ground ATC Voice communication between Voice Communication systems (VCS), Voice recording systems, Supervision systems, Ground radio stations and all IP network elements.

About ETSI

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Commission as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is a not-for-profit organization whose 700 ETSI member organizations benefit from direct participation and are drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide.

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