Eurocat (air traffic control)
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The EUROCAT system is a computerised air traffic control and management solution developed by Thales Air Systems (Formerly Thomson CSF). It utilises a distributed computing architecture and is capable of integrating geographically dispersed air traffic control units within a Flight Information Region (e.g. control towers at different airports and en route control centres) into a single coherent system. During 2012 the Thales marketing name has been changed from Eurocat to TopSky.
TopSky handles a large variety of different functions required for the smooth operation of air traffic control and management. A non-exhaustive list includes:
- Surveillance data processing and track correlation (radar, ADS-B, ADS-C etc.)
- Flight plan processing
- Communication (CPDLC etc.)
- Aeronautical information data processing (NOTAMs, QNH, wind aloft etc.)
- Flow control and sequencing
- Human-machine interfacing (e.g. correlating data to generate controller's display)
- Data recording
- Controller situational awareness and alerts generation
The software is used in a variety of different countries, including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Ireland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Greece and United Kingdom.
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