Red Dot Award 2015 in Communication Design presented to DFS and the University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück

A futuristic workstation for air traffic controllers wins prize in Berlin

11.11.2015.- The Concept Desk project, a combined effort of DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück, was honoured with one of the most prestigious design awards at the Red Dot Gala & Designers' Night awards ceremony in Berlin. The visionary workstation received the "Best of the Best" prize in the category of Communication Design.

The workstation is equipped with a large air situation display with multi-touch input and two 39-inch monitors that provide air traffic controllers with additional information. The DFS researchers' idea was to create a project for a potential future controller workstation. Information currently displayed on many separate systems has been brought together into one uniform, intuitive user interface. The lab for industrial design at the University of Applied Sciences in Osnabrück implemented the requirements by designing and constructing the "desk".

The Concept Desk was not designed merely to be an attractive demonstration of what the future working world of air traffic controllers could look like. It was also designed to test and evaluate new forms of interaction. For this purpose, the Concept Desk will now be adopted for various research projects. These include projects in cooperation with other European air navigation service providers as part of the SESAR programme as well as the Sectorless Air Traffic Management project, where the desk will be used for the air situation display.  

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH
, the German air navigation service provider, is a State-owned company under private law with 5,750 employees as at 30 June 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. The company operates control centres in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich as well as 16 control towers at international airports in Germany. In addition, 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.