- The Brief / Challenges
- Our Solution
THE BRIEF / CHALLENGES
We really value long-term partnerships with our clients. ATOS® is another project we made with our partner AP-TECH, a consulting, design, and software company operating in the aviation industry.
AP-TECH carries out its R&D projects and those commissioned by industry clients. Offers a unique combination of consulting, design, and software development services for the aviation industry, especially for military assistance, emergency aviation, civil aviation, and airports.
After delivering outstanding auxiliary navigation and electronic flight bag app Clear AirSpace®, we knew we would do some more big projects together with AP-TECH.
What was the need of our Client?
The Goal - Win a Higher Certificate CAT IIIB for one of the biggest airports in Poland.
This time, one of the biggest airports in Poland needed a solution that would allow it to become the only landing spot in the area in case of inclement weather conditions. It would make all the air traffic controllers redirect all the flights and increase the revenue of the local airport.
The goal was to receive CAT III B. It is an instrument landing system used for safe aircraft landings in poor visibility during dense fog. This certificate allows pilots to land under the following conditions:
- decision altitude under 15 meters (50 feet)
- visibility along the runway (RVR) between 75 and 200 meters (250-660 feet)
Aviation Industry Has One Of The Highest Security Standards
Building custom software for the aviation industry is incredibly challenging as the solutions require redundancy for safety reasons. It's not enough to provide just one working system. The airport can't operate on one system and server. Each element needs a backup. You need duplicated solutions and sometimes even two or three backup systems to minimize the risk. Each hardware element - routers, switches, cables, servers clusters - all needed to be duplicated.
To get the certification, the flight controllers need to see everything at the airport, even when fog reduces the visibility to a mere five meters. For a plane to land, the airport system needs to provide all the coordinates required.
Innovative Software Instead of a Pair of Additional Radars
Until recently, the only solution for improving orientation in case of low visibility was adding a new radar device. On the downside, it was a costly option. And you need to add a pair of radars to provide the control tower with viable information. That is why with AP-TECH, we went for an innovative solution based on advanced software.