World ATM Congress 2020
The Tower Theatre Agenda
Please note: The Tower Theatre will be located in room N106

Updated 3 March. Check back often for more information! 


Tuesday, 10 March 2020

10.50 – 11.10 Honeywell

Title: Cyber Security for Air Traffic Management Systems

Seelamonthula Raghu

Abstract: The aviation industry has entered a golden age, supported by record order books and skyrocketing passenger traffic. Over the course of the next 20 years, demand for air transport will increase by an average of 4.3%  which will see the global commercial aircraft fleet to double to approximately 45.000 aircraft, number of passengers travelling double approximately 8 billon and over 200,000 take offs and landings per day, largely by an expanding middle class in emerging economies. In pursuit of these growth opportunities, aviation industry is facing a serious challenge of combatting new and multi-faceted cyber threats across the ecosystem that must be addressed in order to sustain profitable growth and provide passenger safety. Honeywell presents its perspectives on how ANSPs and Airports can effectively take control of their Operations Technology to make it Cyber Secure and Cyber Resilient.
11.20 – 11.40 NATS

Title: The Future of Time Based Separation

Speaker: Andy Shand

Abstract: Time based Separation first went into operation in Heathrow in March 2015 and is a core module to a suite of controller tools called Intelligent Approach which was created in partnership by NATS and Leidos. The tools of Intelligent Approach are constantly being enhanced and in March 2018 the introduction of “enhanced” TBS (eTBS), including RECAT EU and Optimised Runway Delivery which provides separation to threshold, was successfully upgraded at Heathrow providing further benefits, for the airport, it’s airline customers and passengers alike.
Furthermore the Intelligent Approach tools for Pairwise and Optimised Mixed Mode are now in development, and SESAR simulations have started on departure concepts. Since last year’s World ATM Congress event both Toronto and Schiphol Airports have committed to introducing eTBS.
So, the industry has come a long way since TBS was first implemented and there is still a lot more to come!
11.50 – 12.10  Airbus UTM

Title: UTM and the Challenge of Fair Airspace Access

Tony Evans

Abstract: Now that UAS traffic numbers are increasing and complex operations are becoming a reality, we have a unique opportunity to refine UTM architectures to ensure that our system designs, implementations, and operating rules remain fair for all users, rather than benefiting first-movers and the largest operators or UTM Service Suppliers (USSs). How can we ensure that UTM systems are being developed to ensure that the skies are open to everyone? 

Fairness is something that needs to be built into the system, for important reasons. Unlike regular air traffic management systems, which are managed by a central authority, a decentralized UTM architecture means that many individual participants and stakeholders are involved. Most industry participants are outwardly collaborative and purport to be “good actors.” But history shows us that, faced with the competitive pressure of open markets, participants will seek ways to gain an advantage, in some cases unfairly. This can have severe consequences for the ultimate goal of providing access to our airspace and enabling a wide variety of future missions. 

In this session, we’ll highlight the outcomes of extensive Airbus research into fairness in UTM systems, and progress in collaborative standards work that can help industry and regulators alike measure and evaluate the fairness of our new systems.
12.20 – 12.40 ADB Safegate

Title: Safe and Intelligent Airside

Roy Bolwede

Abstract: In 2019 the first dual colour (red or green) taxiway centreline light was introduced. This innovation is a cost effective way of increasing safety and efficiency of traffic flows on taxiways and apron areas. The Reliance IQ  Red or Green LED light is the first time two different colours can be emanated from the same airfield lighting fixture. Together with individual lighting control and monitoring system (ILCMS) the red or green LED light can be controlled in real time and dynamically change the centreline colour to direct and control traffic flows. The red or green light can be controlled dynamically and in real time from systems such as ATC AFL system, the A-SMGCS Routing and Guidance system or the AFL maintenance system. When the red or green light is used together with guidance logic, a portion of the green centreline lights can dynamically be switched to red colour to set a temporary intermediate hold position at any place on the movement area to solve conflicting traffic. When a taxiway is temporarily closed for maintenance, the green centreline lights marking the two end points of the closed area can be switched to red colour giving a clear stop signal to pilots and drivers. These are just a few examples of how this new innovation can change the way we use taxiway lights to increase safety and efficiency on the movement areas. Please visit ADB SAFEGATE stand no. 365 at WATM 2020 for more information how the Reliance IQ red/green light can improve operations, safety and efficiency. 

12.50 – 13.10  ERA a.s.

Title: 25 Years of Multilateration – From Market Definition to 150 Installations

Vojtěch Pék

Abstract: ERA the founder of multilateration has celebrated 25 years in business. Listen to the story of the company from the very first multilateration system, standard development to the unique, first, biggest and the best systems deployed around the world. This presentation shares ERA’s experience about resolving issues caused by improbable reasons like GPS misbehaviour and describes the real  lifecycle of such complex systems not only during these long years but also its future.

13.20 –13.40 EANS

Title: FINEST Dynamic Cross-border Airspace – OPS Concepts

Speaker: Tarmo Pihlak

Abstract: Coming soon.
13.50 – 14.10 Aveillant

Title: Holographic Radar as a Key Element of Drone Protection at Airports

Dr. Dominic Walker

Abstract: Aveillant has developed unique Holographic Radar technology which is proving particularly well suited to drone detection at airports. The benefits of Holographic radar include persistent 3D surveillance of the volume of interest, long range detection of small targets, and the ability to differentiate small drones from other targets in the airspace such as birds. Hear about what makes Holographic Radar ideal for the airport environment and about some of the latest airport installations.

14.20 – 14.40  Sopra Steria

Title: NM Learns from Airlines Operators Historic Operated Routes to Provide Them with a Better Service

Meriem Oubelkass and
Aurélie Peuaud

Abstract: Providing a high quality and an accurate service to Airlines is one of the focus of the Network Manager. Today the Pathfinder provided by NM is offering routes proposal service Airline Operators. Thanks to Sopra Steria’s digilab methodology, Machine learning, data analytics technologies and a One-Team close collaboration with EUROCONTROL, Sopra Steria has developed Machine learning models and demonstrated the added value and feasibility of Data Science to improve this service by taking into account operators business needs and preferences and  based on historical data.

14.50 – 15.10   Obizco sarl

Title: Towards an Effective and Safe Migration to ATC Voice over IP

Burhan Ocakoglu

Abstract: Most ANSPs are still relying on legacy voice systems and protocols that are not being supported anymore by many telecommunication operators. The migration to EUROCAE WG67 compliant ATC voice over IP is required for radio communications and ground-ground telephony and opens up new challenges. A carefully designed transition programme taking into account regulatory, safety, security, operational, technical and economic aspects is essential to ensure a safe and effective migration to ATC Voice over IP.  ATC Voice over IP will also be an essential enabler for emerging concepts such as ATS Contingency services and virtual ATC Centres. Best practices will be explored based on existing deployment experience.

15.20 – 15.40  Saab

Title: Saab Digital Towers – Anticipating Tomorrow

Niclas Gustavsson, SDATS

Abstract: In 2015 the first Saab Digital Tower was put into operation. Since then additional airports have been adopted the concept with more to follow. At World ATM Congress 2019 we launched or Digital Tower Vision 2030 on how we foresee the technical and operational evolution. As technology thought leader in Digital Towers we are, will share the latest updates towards the third generation of our product and services, looking into the planning and operation of a larger Digital Tower centre, multiple airport operations, innovate working modules, HMI and image handling as well as new sensors and functionality. Let’s anticipate tomorrow!

15.50 – 16.20  SESAR

Title: Status of ADS-B implementation in Europe

Jose-Luis Garcia-Chico, European Commission
Mariagrazia La Piscopia, SESAR Deployment Manager
Cristian Pradera, SESAR Deployment Manager
Jan Stibor, SESAR Deployment Manager
Johan Martensson, Network Manager
LtCol Sven Rensmeyer, European Defense Agency

Abstract: With less than three months remaining to due date, the implementation of SPI IR in the airborne domain is progressing at an unprecedented pace; at end 2019, the equipage in the mandated fleet was monitored at 62% by EUROCONTROL, increasing at 8 percentage points monthly. The European Commission recently concluded the public consultation of the Amendment proposal to the SPI IR, which was developed jointly with EASA and seeks to address important provisions such as those dealing with exemptions on airborne equipment. Finally, the use of ADS-B in ANSP surveillance chains is becoming an acute question as Air Operators seek to recover benefits on their investments while military authorities are wary of associated potential cybersecurity risks.
16.30 – 17.00 skyguide

Title: Skyguide's Experience with Multicopter Measurements of CNS Equipment

Dr. Götz Ardey

Abstract: Maintenance for CNS facilities like ILS or VOR can be greatly improved by measuring them from the air instead of being limited to ground measurements. Using drone technology, the signal can be measured further and higher in the air, providing more accurate results


Wednesday, 11 March 2020 

10.20 – 10.40 Helios

Title: WANTED: Airspace Guardian of the Future…

Dr. Claire Davies

Abstract: Coming soon.

10.50 – 11.10 ERA a.s.

Title: Concept of Homebriefing System and UTM Integration

Pavol Serbín

Abstract: As soon as the current UTM, UAS, and USS activity hype is converted into fully functioning operational systems, an important issue will arise – is the information on UAS activities available for all airspace users? As the UTM and ATC/ATM systems are functionally related, the link between them has been already defined, and to a great extent implemented. However, although pilots and drones share the busiest airspace sectors, the pilots are often informed about relevant drone activities only indirectly. How do GA pilots receive information on UAS activity during the pre-flight briefing and in flight? How does such timely and complex information increase safety of GA flights in lower airspace? In this session, we will introduce you to the concept of linking the ANSP-provided home briefing with UTM system information where we strived to analyze the issues arising from such connection, and to propose solutions for the near future.

11:20 – 11.40 Ansart BV

Title: How Can We Streamline and Optimise Cross-Functional Resources Management in ATM Environment?

Serge Miranovitch

Abstract: More than 30% growth is expected in Air Traffic during the next decade. One of the most important challenges for the next years is boosting the capacity and at the same time reduce the costs of air traffic control.  Research shows that most of the delays derive from capacity issues that are caused by staffing problems. The reasons behind staffing problems can be attributed to lack of staff, but most importantly to the lack of proper management of the already existing air traffic control staff. Staff management was a paper centric process during the last decades and nowadays it is done using all the available electronic sources. For the most effective personnel management a Human Resources Management system would be the ideal solution.

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11.50 – 12.10 SESAR

Title: Status of SES Digital Backbone in Europe

Cristian Pradera, SESAR Deployment Manager
Carlos Fornas,
A6 Alliance

Abstract: European ATM is dependent on digital information. The ATM Masterplan shows a clear vision of digitalization, automation and virtualization. Remote Towers, virtual centers and drones are examples of digital transformation happening in ATM today. There is a need to have a common, efficient and reliable digital environment for ATM stakeholders to manage these increasingly complex digital interconnections. This is where the SES Digital Backbone initiative comes in. The SES Digital Backbone is defined as the collaboratively managed portfolio of Information Technology (IT) services providing digital infrastructure for the exchange of ATM/ANS information between SES stakeholders, enabling seamless information exchange supporting operational needs, in a safe, interoperable, efficient, user-driven, and cyber secure manner.

12.20 – 12.40 DLR e.V

Title: Remote Tower Meets Virtual Reality – Low Cost Solutions for Uncontrolled Airports

Jörn Jakobi

Abstract: Air navigation service providers and airports benefit from synergies provided by remote air traffic services, but many airports with very low revenues are nevertheless unable to afford state-of-the-art remote-tower technology. These predominantly smaller airports often do not provide a full air traffic control service but instead offer lower levels, such as aerodrome flight information service, or just a universal communication station, operated by non-air traffic control agencies providing an advisory service to the pilots. The operational environment is less complex, general traffic volumes are lower - mostly one aircraft at a time, and traffic is not separated: instead, traffic advisories are provided, which downsize the scope of operational requirements. It is possible that a basic video panorama supplemented with a state-of-the-art pan-tilt-zoom camera (PTZ camera), whose video streams are presented by a virtual reality (VR) headset, would be perfectly suitable for those basic service levels and, most importantly: affordable for low-revenue airports. With such a “very low-cost” remote-tower concept, these airports can generate synergies by becoming connected to remote-tower centres; they can increase their service levels for their customers, which makes them more attractive and ultimately increases their revenue.
The remote VR concept consists of a basic video panorama provided by low-cost sensors, a state-of-the-art PTZ camera and a virtual reality environment (VR headset). This setup is used to present the video panorama and PTZ streams, to control the PTZ camera via a head-tracking function, and to provide human-machine interaction. DLR, together with students from RWTH Aachen University and Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, prototyped and tested such a concept. The trials were performed at the DLR site in Braunschweig with German air traffic controllers and aerodrome flight information service officers. Both groups liked the concept and confirmed that it has its potentials, particularly for low-revenue airports with lower air traffic service levels.

12.50 – 13.10 New Information Technologies in Aviation, LLC (NITA, LLC)

Title: Automated Formation of Non-Conflict Landing Queue for Final Approach

Sergey Kumkov

Abstract: The submission describes the NITA Llc. activity in elaboration of algorithms and corresponding software for automated formation of non-conflict landing queue for final approach. These algorithms and software are designed for further increasing the air traffic safety, improving the technology of the operator’s work in the whole, and for increasing the effectiveness of the air traffic control zones and airports equipped with the air traffic management automated systems. To make this, algorithms use both the standard means of the air traffic organization (standard delay zones, straightening the flight-plan route, increasing or decreasing the aircraft velocity) and contemporary means recommended by the ICAO (special point-merge schemes in the approach zones and merge-point schemes of delay in the final approach zones). The work is performed for inserting the elaborated algorithms and software into the multi-functional complex (integrated) trainer-simulators for the ATM operators and into the AMAN systems of the next generation. 

13.20 –14.10 Solace

Title: SWIM Fast Track

Wayne Osse

Abstract: Jump into SWIM with guidance on how to quickly get your SWIM implementation started and show value. Examples are given from ANSPs that have successfully jumped into SWIM quickly are provided, from small to large ANSPs. The SWIM Demonstration Toolbox is a key tool in this endeavor and is explored during this session.
14.20 – 14.40  MicroStep - MIS

Title: Advanced Aviation Weather Decision Support System 

Martin Gažák

Abstract: The aim of advanced aviation weather decision support system is to support main airport stakeholders in decision making process before and during adverse weather situations. The system integrates all available MET sources, both observation and forecasts and evaluates them against airport specific configurable thresholds with regards to impacts on airport operations. The enhancement of common situational awareness makes decisions more efficient, faster and increase resilience during adverse weather situations while each stakeholder has the same, timely interpretation of MET observation/forecast. Moreover, the system has alerting functionality to warn user and attract his attention when necessary and also offer the possibility to configure so called candidate solutions, which contain list of actions to be applied when specific phenomenon is forecast or already observed.

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14.50 – 15.10 ADB Safegate

Title: Benefits of Improved Surveillance for Apron Management

Konrad Koeck

Abstract: Efficient Airport Operations require A-SMGCS-like systems and surveillance not only at maneuvering areas but also at aprons close to buildings and stands where the well know classical surveillance systems like SMR and Multilateration Systems have limitations. New surveillance sensors will overcome limitations of SMR and MLAT thereby help to manage apron operations more efficiently. The presentation will highlight some of latest surveillance technologies and describe how airports can benefit from them.

15.20 – 15.40 ADP Ingénierie

Title: The Role of Fast Time Simulation in Ascertaining Changes Needed to Increase Safety, Capacity and Reduce Environmental Impact in Today’s Busy Airspaces and Airports

Leon Van Der Merwe

Abstract: Coming soon.


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