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Rohde & Schwarz equips ATC centres in Ireland, Iceland

Aviation authorities in Ireland and Iceland have selected Germany-based Rohde & Schwarz as sole supplier for modernising their communications equipment the firm said.

The company said it will provide two fully IP-based voice communications control systems as well as HF radios. One system will be installed in the ISAVIA COM center in Gufunes, the other in the IAA COM center in Ballygirreen.

According to Rohde & Schwarz, the two systems can operate independently in standalone mode or, when connected, in joint-operation mode. The result is a virtual control center that significantly enhances the capabilities of air traffic controllers at both locations.

In the event of a catastrophe, they will be able to access the resources of the other center and use the functions of both control systems.

Rohde & Schwarz said that this concept helps both countries meet the special challenges of their part of the North Atlantic oceanic control area, one of the most demanding operational ATC scenarios in the world. Shanwick OCA, with an area of approximately 3.8m square kilometers, handles in excess of 400,000 aircraft on an annual basis.

Reykjavik OCA is among the largest in the world, with approximately 5.4m square kilometers, and handles some 100,000 airplanes per year.

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