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Date: 4 February 2016

Improving ATM Efficiency with New Collaboration Tool

Air Traffic Management

IATA and Harris Corporation Develop SkyFusion

Montreal – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Harris Corporation are stepping up efforts to improve air traffic management (ATM) efficiency with a new collaboration tool.

IATA and Harris have partnered to develop SkyFusion—a new cloud-based tool through which airports, airlines and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) can exchange operational information across flight information regions. Better information sharing will allow users to align their planning around disruptions and other ATM-related events, as well as to reduce costs of accessing and sharing information.

SkyFusion information is powered by the System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) data exchange protocol, which aligns with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommendations and the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP). The SkyFusion product will be available to pilot users from March 2016 and commercially as of July 2016.

‘’Airlines, airports and ANSPs share the common goals of improving efficiency, lowering operating costs and reducing emissions. This platform will facilitate effective exchange of information so that operational decisions can be made with the highest net benefit from the ATM system,’’ said Rob Eagles, IATA’s Director, ATM Infrastructure. “By partnering with Harris, we are leveraging both organizations’ expertise to form a backbone for innovative ATM solutions.”

“Collaboration is the key to vastly improving commercial ATM operations on a global scale,” said Carl D’Alessandro, President, Critical Networks, Harris Corporation. “It can positively impact every aspect of airspace operations, from reducing delays to saving fuel.”

For more information, please contact:
Corporate Communications
Tel: +41 22 770 2967
Email: corpcomms@iata.org
 

Notes for Editors:

  • IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 260 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic.
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  • For more information on SkyFusion please click here.
 
About Harris:
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving our customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect.  Harris supports customers in more than 125 countries, has approximately $8 billion in annual revenue and 22,000 employees worldwide.  The company is organized into four business segments: Communication Systems, Space and Intelligence Systems, Electronic Systems, and Critical Networks.  Learn more at harris.com.

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