AAI’S Futuristic Tele-communication Infrastructure
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