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Award-winning design of the control tower human-machine interface (HMI)

DFS, working with delair Air Traffic Systems GmbH and the Technische Universität Darmstadt, developed a novel, integrated planning display for tower controllers (Tower HMI) which has received numerous awards. This was part of the Competitive Airport project of the German aeronautical research programme.

The HMI interface, which was co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, has not only won the renowned prizes "iF communication design award 2009" and the "red dot award: communication design 2010", it was also nominated for the 2011 Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany. This prize is the highest award for design that you can receive in Germany.

The project demonstrated successful multidisciplinary cooperation and a fast know-how transfer from the research project to operational practice. The numerous awards are proof that an appealing design and a high level of usability are by no means mutually exclusive.

Although the planning only started in 2007, the system is already in use in the new control tower at Frankfurt Airport as well as at the airports in Düsseldorf and Hahn and is planned for the airports in Berlin, Stuttgart and Munich. Click here for more information on the Competitive Airport project and for a poster presentation (PDF) on the topic.