Data Edge new ten year con­tract worth €2.5m


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BRAY COM­PANY Data Edge has an­nounced a new ten year con­tract worth €2.5 mil­lion with the Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Author­ity (IAA).

The new in­te­grated voice and video record­ing sys­tem will en­hance air traf­fic mon­i­tor­ing and re­view pro­ce­dures for more than half a mil­lion flights in Ir­ish airspace each year.

The deal is be­lieved to be one of the largest of its kind in the Euro­pean avi­a­tion in­dus­try this year.

The IAA is re­spon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of Ir­ish airspace which stretches for more than 500,000 square kilo­me­tres, and acts as a gate­way be­tween Europe and North Amer­ica.

Fol­low­ing a Europe-wide ten­der by the IAA, Data Edge on Strand Road won the con­tract to pro­vide a sys­tem ca­pa­ble of record­ing and re­play­ing uni­fied voice, screen and data in­ter­ac­tions. The new so­lu­tion will pre­cisely doc­u­ment, re­play and syn­chro­nise all of the com­mu­ni­ca­tions chan­nels that air traf­fic con­trollers in Ire­land utilise when guid­ing flights safely through Ir­ish air space and at the main Ir­ish air­ports.

The record­ing and stor­ing of all au­dio and vis­ual com­mu­ni­ca­tions by the Data Edge sys­tem will al­low for user friendly, swift, in­de­pen­dent record and re­play and an en­hanced re­view process for the IAA.

Data Edge's so­lu­tion will cap­ture, on a con­tin­u­ous ba­sis, ex­actly what an air traf­fic con­troller sees on screen, hears and says. This can in­clude mouse clicks and key­board ac­tions and even, in fu­ture, text mes­sages to and from air­craft.

Dur­ing re­play, all of th­ese sources are in­te­grated to give the user an ex­act copy of the ac­tiv­i­ties ex­pe­ri­enced by the con­troller. Pre­cise time stamp­ing and syn­chro­ni­sa­tion is es­sen­tial both to show when an event oc­curred and to en­sure that the re­play is syn­chro­nised to the sub sec­ond. This is achieved by an in­de­pen­dent GPS based tim­ing sys­tem, also pro­vided by Data Edge.

Although cur­rent leg­is­la­tion in Ire­land calls for only avi­a­tion voice com­mu­ni­ca­tions to be recorded, the UK has re­cently made screen record­ing a le­gal re­quire­ment. It is ex­pected that this will be­come a Europe wide re­quire­ment shortly.

The new uni­fied record­ing so­lu­tion will en­sure all of the IAA's stored voice, video and data com­mu­ni­ca­tions can be used as legally ad­mis­si­ble ev­i­dence for in­ci­dents of any kind once the en­hanced record­ing re­quire­ments take ef­fect.

The IAA op­er­ates a large train­ing base in Ballycasey, used to train both new in­takes and pro­vide in ser­vice train­ing to ex­ist­ing air traf­fic con­trollers. The new sys­tem will of­fer ma­jor ben­e­fits to th­ese pro­grams as it will al­low stu­dents to re­view real life events in­clud­ing all the au­dio and screen trans­ac­tions ex­pe­ri­enced by the con­troller.

‘ The IAA is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised as one of the most im­por­tant and pi­o­neer­ing avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties, man­ag­ing one of the world's busiest air spa­ces,' said Brian McBride, MD of Data Edge. 'It con­sis­tently in­vests in its sys­tems and peo­ple to en­sure it can safely guide tens of mil­lions of pas­sen­gers through Ir­ish air space each year. Be­ing se­lected to de­liver and man­age such a vi­tal el­e­ment of the IAA's air traf­fic con­trol in­fra­struc­ture is a great en­dorse­ment of our en­tire team. This project is cer­tainly one of the most ex­cit­ing and in­no­va­tive that we have ever been in­volved with.'

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