AAI’S Fu­tur­is­tic Tele-com­mu­ni­ca­tion In­fra­struc­ture

Airports India - - NEWS - P.K. Sri­vas­tava GM(CNS-A&FTI)

Harris Corp. will lever­age its ex­ten­sive ex­per­tise from cre­at­ing and manag­ing the highly suc­cess­ful Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA) man­aged ser­vices net­work, which se­curely con­nects more than 4,400 na­tional FAA and De­part­ment of De­fence fa­cil­i­ties, and en­ables the FAA to achieve its mis­sion for safe and ef­fi­cient air travel of more than 87,000 air­craft each day.

By us­ing a sin­gle man­aged ser­vice net­work like FTI, AAI will be able to con­sol­i­date the com­mu­ni­ca­tions bud­gets from all planned fu­ture projects onto a sin­gle FTI net­work and only in­cur the in­cre­men­tal costs of a shared net­work – as against pay­ing for a new net­work for each new pro­gram. The FTI net­work will not only pro­vide ser­vice for planned sites and pro­grams, but all ex­ist­ing data com­mu­ni­ca­tions ser­vices man­aged by AAI will be moved over to the new net­work and cov­ered un­der the same SLAS.

The FTI net­work will place equip­ment at each AAI site to sup­port the mi­gra­tion of all ex­ist­ing AAI com­mu­ni­ca­tion cir­cuits to the FTI net­work. This equip­ment will pro­vide AAI with a ded­i­cated cir­cuit band­width through dual Multi Pro­to­col La­bel Switch­ing (MPLS) clouds from two dif­fer­ent tel­cos and will host com­mu­ni­ca­tion cir­cuits at a site onto bulk band­width com­mu­ni­ca­tion trans­port cir­cuits. All FTI sites will have two sep­a­rate sets of equip­ment and a cir­cuit switch, al­low­ing au­to­matic and near in­stan­ta­neous re­cov­ery in the event of a cir­cuit fail­ure.

See Ilus­tra­tion 1 for the de­sign of the ma­jor net­work seg­ment.

The FTI project is go­ing to pro­vide high avail­abil­ity Sla-based telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion links with avail­abil­ity pa­ram­e­ters rang­ing from 99.9 per cent to 99.999 per cent, us­ing lat­est tech­nol­ogy equip­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­ture at each AAI lo­ca­tion. Per­for­mance of all telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion links will be con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tored at the Net­work Op­er­a­tion Con­trol Cen­tre (NOCC) at Delhi and Bengaluru, for var­i­ous per­for­mance pa­ram­e­ters to meet the global ATM ap­pli­ca­tion per­for­mance re­quire­ment. All telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion links and each net­work equip­ment will be cen­trally mon­i­tored 24X7 for im­me­di­ate re­sponse to fix any out­ages. Se­cu­rity Op­er­a­tion Con­trol Cen­tre (SOCC) at Delhi and Bengaluru will pro­tect the net­work from cy­ber threats. All ser­vice con­nec­tions and each equip­ment will be se­cu­rity hard­ened, mon­i­tored and safe­guarded against in­tru­sion 24X7 with con­stant sys­tem up­dates against lat­est se­cu­rity threats.

A cen­tral net­work man­age­ment ap­proach re­duces the over­head costs by com­bin­ing many ar­eas of ex­per­tise into a sin­gle co­he­sive work group. When this Slabased com­mu­ni­ca­tion in­fra­struc­ture is in place, AAI can lever­age its in­vest­ment in the net­work to re­duce costs and im­prove ef­fi­ciency through in­no­va­tive ap­pli­ca­tion of net­work ben­e­fits to other stake­hold­ers with­out hav­ing to com­pro­mise op­er­a­tional sta­bil­ity and safety. Net­work man­age­ment, de­sign, pro­vi­sion­ing, main­te­nance and de­ploy­ment en­gi­neers work to­gether with busi­ness of­fice, an­a­lysts and pro­gram man­age­ment in the same lo­ca­tion, cre­at­ing syn­er­gies of ex­per­tise and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, re­sult­ing in ef­fi­cient net­work op­er­a­tions with round-the-clock availaibil­ity of ser­vice .

The new se­cure, pur­pose-built net­work will meet the de­mands of In­dia’s rapid avi­a­tion growth and lay the foun­da­tion for fu­ture ATM ap­pli­ca­tions. This com­mu­ni­ca­tion back­bone in­fra­struc­ture will also play a piv­otal role in the de­ploy­ment of Re­mote Tow­ers for manag­ing air traf­fic ser­vices at Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme (RCS) air­ports.

In the long-run, im­ple­men­ta­tion of the FTI net­work would re­sult in en­hanced air traf­fic safety, in­crease in airspace ca­pac­ity by al­low­ing the con­trollers to re­duce the sep­a­ra­tion lim­its and ac­com­mo­dat­ing the air­craft to more eco­nom­i­cal and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly flight lev­els, thus, re­duc­ing the over­all car­bon foot­print.

Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the FTI net­work would re­sult in en­hanced air traf­fic safety, in­crease in airspace ca­pac­ity and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly fly­ing

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