AIXM, WXXM, FIXM
Our sky is a very busy place. In Europe alone there are up to 33,000 flights a day creating a management challenge for existing Aeronautical Information Systems (AIS) specialists across 49 countries. SESAR JU describes the current Air Traffic Management (ATM) infrastructure in Europe as arcane. In the United States, the FAA estimates that increasing congestion in the air transportation system, if unaddressed, would cost the American economy $22 billion annually in lost economic activity by 2022.
System Wide Information Management
It is no surprise then that to increase capacity and improve aviation safety a complete reform of the ATM architecture is required. At the heart of this reform is a concept called System Wide Information Management (SWIM). SWIM breaks from the current ‘silo’ approach of having a standalone system for each ATM function and moves towards a ‘net-centric’ approach where data is exchanged between systems in a vendor agnostic and interoperable manner based on open standards.
As part of this reform, SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research), backed by the European Commission and EUROCONTROL, and the Federal Aviation Administration NextGen programme are both looking at improving the management and distribution of aeronautical, flight and weather information in digital form through exchange models based on open standards. Three of those models being:
- Aeronautical Information eXchange Model (AIXM),
- Flight Information eXchange Model (FIXM)
- Weather information eXchange Model (WXXM).
As SESAR Associate Partners and members of the MOSIA consortium we provide a future ATM solution based on open standards.
Our solution is unique in that we provide an open standards data services layer which is loosely coupled from your ATM applications. This ‘decoupled’ approach is aligned with the goals of SWIM and enables you to choose a best of breed architecture without vendor lock in. Importantly our solution can interoperate with your existing database or we can generate a new data model based on the latest exchange model standards such as AIXM.Use our products as a complete AIM solution or use them standalone to perform separate functions.