German Design Award 2017 for controller working position of the future

Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH honoured for ConceptDesk

07.11.2016.- An international jury of experts from business, science and design has reached their decision: the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences and DFS have received the German Design Award 2017 for the DFS ConceptDesk project. The team behind the project was among the winners from the 4,000 entries from 50 countries in the 48 categories available.

The objective of the project was to develop an experimental working position on which the future working methods of air traffic controllers could be developed. Currently, the information air traffic controllers need is distributed across several physical screens. The ConceptDesk brings this information together on one intuitive user interface. The desk consist of a vertical 83-inch monitor and a horizontal multi-touch screen.

The design and development work on this visionary working position took eleven months and included the conceptual design work and the complete customisation of the hardware and software. DFS is already using the desk for its research activities in European projects and has identified other areas of use.

The German Design Award 2017 is the second prestigious prize the ConceptDesk has won. In the previous year, the desk was honoured with the Red Dot: Best of the Best award.


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. 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.