DFS, LVNL and Indra will introduce new technology to manage German and Dutch air traffic

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) and Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) have signed agreements with their technology partner INDRA to implement the iTEC Centre Automation System (iCAS) at all DFS control centres (Karlsruhe, Bremen, Munich and Langen) as well as at the LVNL control centre in Amsterdam

27.10.2016.- The German and Dutch air navigation service providers DFS and LVNL have today each signed contracts with the technology supplier Indra at LVNL's headquarters at Schiphol in Amsterdam for the development and commissioning of the air traffic management systems known as iCAS (iTEC Centre Automation System) at the control centres in Germany and at the Amsterdam centre in the Netherlands. Indra, a global consulting and technology company, will implement the next-generation systems that will manage air traffic in the airspace of Germany and the Netherlands.

The signing of the contracts kicks off phase II of the iCAS project, which aims to equip the control centres for lower airspace with a new system to manage the airspace under their responsibility. This solution complements the system that Indra will introduce at the Karlsruhe Upper Area Control Centre in Germany, from which DFS controls flights above 24,500 feet (7.5 km) over most of Germany. Phase I of iCAS will replace the current P1/VAFORIT system, also supplied by Indra, which DFS has been using since December 2010 to manage the majority of flights passing over Germany.

The new agreements strengthen the international iTEC collaboration in general and the ties between DFS and LVNL in particular through the development of a common air traffic management system. Robert Schickling, COO of DFS and Chairman of the iTEC Board, said: “It is a unique opportunity to be able to develop a common air traffic management system together with our cooperation partner LVNL. It is only by means of common standards that we can reach a better level of interoperability between our systems. At the same time, we can achieve high costs savings by no longer having to develop and maintain numerous system lines in parallel. A further objective of this cooperation is to search for more partners to develop world-class air traffic management systems. Only by working together can we realise the vision of the Single European Sky (SES) and deliver more efficiency and higher service standards for the users of Europe's skies. This collaboration means significant cost savings for the two air navigation services suppliers.”

Michiel van Dorst (CEO of LVNL) said; “With the adoption of iCAS, we are building a new, innovative approach to the European air traffic control system. So that in the near future, flying will become more efficient and even safer at all levels. This is a great step forward in technology. This state-of-the-art air traffic control system will lead to fewer delays and reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. For more effective utilisation of the Netherlands’ airspace, iCAS will be used by both civil and military air traffic controllers.”

iCAS is an air traffic management system adapted to the requirements stipulated by DFS and LVNL based on Indra's iTEC technology. DFS is one of the partners behind the iTEC alliance, along with its British and Spanish counterparts, NATS and ENAIRE, and Indra as the technology supplier. Lithuania's Oro Navigacija, Norway's AVINOR and Poland's PANSA are the latest air navigation service providers to join the alliance.

iTEC is an advanced air traffic management system based on 4-dimensional trajectory-based flight management that provides savings in terms of time and fuel, resulting in a reduction in both CO2 emissions and costs for airlines, in addition to increasing the total capacity of the control centres in the system.
These control centres form part of the extensive European network of control centres with the most traffic and complexity which are to roll out iTEC technology in the next 5 years. This will consolidate the network of iTEC centres as one of the main pillars of the Single European Sky and its SESAR technological pillar, in which the members of the iTEC Alliance play a leading role.

The most advanced controller position
The agreements reached with DFS and LVNL also include the implementation of Indra's new iTEC CWP (controller working position). This technology facilitates controller interactions with the system in the most natural manner possible. For this, it incorporates a simple and intuitive interface to help controllers focus on the most relevant information, integrating it into a single work environment and allowing them to configure the information in accordance with their needs. Indra is a leading company in the air traffic management market. The company has undertaken projects in 160 countries and equipped more than 4,000 facilities with its systems on five continents.

About DFS
DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,650 employees as at 31 December 2015. DFS ensures the safe and punctual flow of air traffic over Germany. Around 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights in German airspace every day, and about three million movements every year. This makes Germany the country with the highest traffic volume in Europe. DFS operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. DFS is represented at the EUROCONTROL Control Centre in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Additional areas of activity include consulting, provided by the Aeronautical Solutions Division, and aeronautical data, grouped in the Aeronautical Information Management Division.

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0) 6103 707-4161

About LVNL
Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) is in charge of providing air traffic control services in the airspace of the Netherlands. LVNL has been an independent administrative body since 1 January 1993. LVNL is integrated into the Central European Functional Airspace Block (FABEC) and employs around 900 people. LVNL provides air traffic control services for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde, Maastricht Aachen Airport and en-route. Each year we handle more than 560.000 flights safe and efficient.

Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL)
Tel.: +31 (0) 20 406 38 03

About Indra
Indra is one of the leading global consulting and technology companies and is a technological partner to its clients in key business operations around the world. It offers a comprehensive range of proprietary solutions and cutting-edge services with optimal technological capabilities, supported by a corporate culture of reliability, flexibility and adapting to client requirements. Indra is a world leader in the development of comprehensive technological solutions in fields such as Defense & Security, Transport & Traffic, Energy & Industry, Telecommunications & Media, Financial Services and Public Administrations & Healthcare. Through its Minsait unit it addresses the challenges posed by digital transformation. In 2015 it posted revenues of €2.85 billion and had 37,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and projects in more than 140 countries.

Indra Sistemas
Tel.: + 34 (91) 480 97 05