KVM solutions in air traffic control

Safety and efficiency in air traffic control

Reliable KVM products are of paramount importance when it comes to air traffic control. With our comprehensive product know-how and expertise, we fulfil the high safety standards of mission-critical applications and making work at a CWP desk more efficient.

As the first KVM manufacturer worldwide, we equipped our products with monitoring and SNMP alert functions. Regardless if extending KVM signals inside the tower, removing computers into separate server rooms, preventive monitoring or creating redundant systems – with G&D products Air Traffic Controllers, Air Traffic Safety Electronics Personnel and passengers can feel safe. All of G&D’s KVM products undergo the strictest quality tests.

DFS – Deutsche Flugsicherung

DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH) is responsible for air traffic control in Germany and is headquartered in the town of Langen close to Frankfurt, Germany.

DFS has a workforce of over 6,000 at different locations, among them 1,900 air traffic controllers. DFS is regarded as a modern service company. Among their customers are large national and international airlines, regional companies, private flyers and the German armed forces. The service provided by DFS is called safety – the standard nothing less than highest quality.

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HungaroControl monitors the airspace over Hungary and provides air navigation services and training for air traffic control personnel. The mission of the company is to provide a safe and reliable service in an efficient, customer-oriented, cost-effective and transparent manner.

For its latest project – the remote tower in Budapest – HungaroControl uses high-tech equipment and state-of-the-art solutions that offer 24/7 support to the ATCOs working there.

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How KVM works in the control tower

Improving the controllers’ concentration

The mission-critical applications of the control tower require air traffic controllers’ absolute and constant concentration. That’s why it is so important to provide the very best possible working conditions with no diversions or disturbances. In the limited space of the tower, the noise and heat generated by the powerful processors of the computer system creates an unwanted disturbance. However, thanks to KVM products such as KVM extenders and KVM matrix switches, the computers can be moved out of the tower to another location a good distance away.

This solution not only saves space in the tower but reduces the costs of air conditioning and climate control. In a dedicated server room, computer maintenance is made easier too, with no unwanted distractions from maintenance personnel. KVM extenders transmit computer signals in real-time over long distances with no loss in quality. Controllers can set about their tasks without even realizing they are operating their computers remotely. With KVM matrix switches, the operation of multiple computers can be decentralized via multiple consoles.

How KVM increases the safety in Air Traffic Control Centres

Preventive monitoring, Redundancy and Fallback

Coordinating departures and arrivals and controlling overflying traffic requires the maximum reliability of all IT components. Air Traffic Control Centres are sensitive security areas that can enjoy major benefits through deploying a KVM extender such as DL-Vision. This allows computers to be removed from the control centre, improving working conditions and enabling preventative monitoring and event reporting.

Regulatory safety demands can be met by integrating the Dev-Con-Center. This provides centralized proactive monitoring and configuration of network-capable G&D devices. Depending on results or predefined thresholds, the DevCon-Center triggers and sends a message to the system administrator, allowing them to react before any failures occur.

Redundant and fallback systems are essential for the controller´s work. To prevent a total breakdown, three independent systems (primary, redundant, and fallback) are applied to the controller’s desk. Each system consists of a computer and a KVM extender line. By pressing a button at a KVM switch installed next to the desk, switching between systems is made easy.

How KVM works works at the baggage handling

Increasing efficiency and remote access to all connected computers

Screening, unloading, sorting, storing, transporting, uploading – a baggage handling system runs in a continuous cycle. That’s why efficiency and reliability are so crucial. The baggage handling control room continuously monitors and controls all the processes involved in the task cycle. Inside this room, operators are working with multiple computers, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

As a result, the environment can become a very hot and noisy place. However, by implementing a KVM matrix switch such as the DVICenter DP64, the computers can be removed from the room and the operators access multiple computers from different user consoles.

The matrix switch and the computer modules are placed in the server rack from where infrastructure cables bridge the distance to the controller‘s desk. Here, keyboard, monitor and mouse are directly connected to the user modules (DVI-CON). Additional special computer modules enable the implementation of VGA and DisplayPort computers into the matrix switch.