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ACI's Portable ATN Software Products & Services. Technology for next-generation aviation data communication… Presented by Forrest Colliver ACI General Manager. Presentation Overview. Aeronautical Communication International LLC Who is ACI and what do we do?

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aci s portable atn software products services

ACI's Portable ATN Software Products & Services

Technology for next-generation aviation data communication…

Presented by Forrest ColliverACI General Manager

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • Aeronautical Communication International LLC
    • Who is ACI and what do we do?
    • What are ACI’s ATN products & services?
  • ACI’s contributions to ATN deployment…
    • Standards-based Portable ATN Protocol Software
    • Product Integration, Deployment & Support Services
    • Network Management Capabilities
    • Quality Assurance & Certification/Approval Support

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

aeronautical communication international llc
Aeronautical Communication International LLC
  • ACI was formed in 1997 by five suppliers of airborne and ground-based aeronautical software, equipment and services
  • From 1997 to-date, focus has been:
    • ATNSI Router Project Support (RRI)
    • Complementary Application/Management Software
    • ATN standardization support (AEEC, IATA & ICAO)
    • FAA CPDLC Program Support
    • EUROCONTROL Petal II Program Support

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

scope charter of aci
Scope & Charter of ACI
  • To bring to market portable, cost-effective and interoperable Aeronautical Telecommunication Network (ATN) software products meeting aviation communication infrastructure & application needs
  • To complement these products with portation, integration, consultation, training and lifecycle-support services
  • To support standards-based ATN deployment

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aci s status today
ACI’s status today…
  • Activities now in progress:
    • Developing Router Reference Implementation (RRI) software under contract to ATN Systems, Inc. (ATNSI)
    • Developing ACI’s own complementary Application Service Element (ASE) & Network Management (NM) software
    • Packaging turnkey ATN product/service offerings
  • ACI offers full product lifecycle support
    • For ATNSI’s RRI product…
    • For complementary ACI products (e.g. ASE, NM)…
    • Integration, product evolution, consultation and training services
  • ACI’s fully-supported ATN protocol products will be available from 1Q2000

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

aci s products and services product overview
ACI’s Products and ServicesProduct Overview
  • Portable ATN software products
    • Designed to international and industry standards (ICAO, AEEC, etc.), and designed for ease of portability to multiple platforms
    • Both ground-based & airborne products available
    • Design assurance via RTCA DO-178B & MIL 498B
  • Integrated software/systems packages
    • Both ground-based & airborne systems available
  • Licensed to OEMs and end-users

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aci s products and services product availability
ACI’s Products and ServicesProduct Availability
  • Portable ATN Software: from 1Q 2000
    • Air Traffic Service (ATS) Applications
      • Context Management (CM)
      • Controller-Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC)
      • Automatic Dependent Surveillance (ADS)
      • Flight Information Services (FIS)
    • Aircraft Operational Communication Services (AOCS)
    • Air/ground & ground-based subnetwork access enabled
  • Integrated Software Packages: from 2Q 2000
  • Integrated Ground Systems: from 3Q 2000

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aci s products and services product service portfolio

Lifecycle Support

  • System definition
  • Extended Warranty
  • On-site support
  • Training
ACI’s Products and ServicesProduct/Service Portfolio

Portable ATN Software

RRI

CPDLC

CM

ADS

FIS

AOCS

NMA

Integrated Software & Systems

BIS

ES

  • Integrated & Turnkey versions available
  • Pre-ported for real-time OS application
  • Turnkey Unix based platforms
  • ATS End System
  • AOC End System
  • Air/Ground Router
  • Ground Router

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

aci s products and services product features 1 of 2
ACI’s Products and ServicesProduct Features (1 of 2)
  • ACI’s products conform to ICAO Doc 9705 and industry (AEEC) ATN standards
  • High degree of software portability
    • Streams-based, designed for portability
    • Designed for single-task or multi-task environments
  • Software Quality & Design Level Assurance
    • RRI/ASE developed “essential” DO-178B Level C
    • Supplied with certification support artifacts

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

aci s products and services product features 2 of 2
ACI’s Products and ServicesProduct Features (2 of 2)
  • Reduced Integration & Interoperability Risk
    • Products (RRI & ASE) warranted to interoperate in peer airborne & ground-based implementations
    • ASEs integrate seamlessly with RRI-based implementations
    • Software packages supplied pre-integrated
  • Full Product Lifecycle Support
    • Product life consistent with aeronautical needs
    • Configuration control & update/change management throughout entire product lifecycle

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

aci s products and services extended warranty support
ACI’s Products and ServicesExtended Warranty Support
  • Starts after initial warranty, and includes:
    • Software updates & upgrades
    • Direct engineering support
  • Extended warranty response levels:
    • RL1: Telephone hot line & “same day first-aid”
    • RL2: Response within 36 hours, technical analysis & error correction start within 7 days, patch when error corrected
    • RL3: Response within 7 days, technical analysis & error correction start within 30 days, correction by software release

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

aci s products and services training consultancy services
ACI’s Products and ServicesTraining & Consultancy Services
  • Training
    • Offered at systems integrator & end-user levels
    • ATN concepts & Protocols
    • Network Management
  • Consulting
    • System Architecture & Implementation
    • Design Assurance, Methodology & Certification
    • Integration & Test Support
    • Financial and Cost/Benefit Analyses

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

network management and the atn 1 of 3
Network Management and the ATN (1 of 3)
  • Current Industry Situation:
    • Neither industry nor ICAO standards baseline yet available
    • But, operational need identified for management of initially deployed ATN, based on telecommunication industry experience
  • ACI’s approach to problem…
    • Meet near-term needs (1Q 2000) for managed prototype ATN routers, offering ProATN-compatible NM products
    • Meet mid-term needs (4Q 2000) for managed operational ATN routers, offering RRI-compatible NM products
    • Address longer-term needs (2001+) for managed ATN ground-based and airborne systems by supporting government/industry requirements definition process

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network management and the atn 2 of 3
Network Management and the ATN (2 of 3)
  • Phase 1a (1998) Completed
    • Phase 1 MIB produced as result of industry collaboration
    • Phase 1 MIB Features & Functions
      • Fault, Performance, Security, Configuration & Accounting
      • Functionality consistent with ProATN & RRI/ASE capabilities
  • Phase 1b (1999) In Progress
    • NMA-1P: ATN Prototype Network Management Agent
      • Developed for & integrated with ProATN Router by ACI
      • Methodology consistent with that of ProATN
      • Managed via NMS-1P, developed by ProATN Consortium
    • Validate network management concept in ProATN context

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network management and the atn 3 of 3
Network Management and the ATN (3 of 3)
  • Phase 2 (2000+) Planning Stage
    • Develop Phase 2 concept of operations (CONOPS)
      • Incorporate operational safety assessment
      • Define design assurance level consistent with application
      • Define architectures (air/ground) based on CONOPS
    • Upgrade NMA-1P to interface with RRI
    • Develop Phase 2 air & ground components
      • Network Management Agents
      • Managers

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

software quality atn considerations 1 of 2
Software Quality & ATNConsiderations (1 of 2)
  • ATN architecture created for support of safety-critical ATS and AOC applications
    • Controller/pilot communications (ATS), e.g. clearances
    • Controller/controller communications (ATS), e.g. handoff
    • Airline dispatch/pilot communications (AOC), e.g. re-routing
  • How?
    • Integrity Assurance via protocol design
      • “what is received is what was sent”
    • Enhanced Availability via routing architecture
      • “information transferred end-to-end in a timely manner”

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software quality atn considerations 2 of 2
Software Quality & ATNConsiderations (2 of 2)
  • Safety-critical application of ATN protocols demands software design & quality assurance consistent with “Essential” systems
    • Rationale: undetected integrity/availability failures may cause unacceptable dispatch/controller/pilot work-load
    • RTCA DO-178B provides software development guidelines for Level C, to meet “Essential” systems requirements
  • ACI’s approach to problem…
    • To ensure ATN software mission-readiness…all ACI RRI/ASE software conforms to DO178B Level C guidelines

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

software quality atn results 1 of 2
Software Quality & ATNResults (1 of 2)
  • Result: software products meet requirements
    • Airborne systems require DO-178B Level C software
    • ATS ground systems recommend or require DO-178B Level C software
    • AOC ground systems require mission-critical treatment; DO-178B Level C meets this requirement
  • Result: reduced lifecycle cost to user
    • Formalized nature of DO-178B Level C development process leads to high overall product quality
    • Process facilitates change management & lifecycle support

ACI/GM/3011/1.0

software quality atn results 2 of 2
Software Quality & ATNResults (2 of 2)
  • Result: comprehensive verification & validation
    • Production of required artifacts demonstrates compliance and supports users of software products
    • Full traceability of functions to design, to code, and to test
    • Full functional test coverage
      • Verifies that all functions have been tested
    • Full structural test coverage
      • Verifies that all code is executed
  • Result: reduced end-to-end integration risk
    • Development of airborne and ground-based software to common standards reduces interoperability risk

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in summary
In summary…
  • ACI has been working since 1997 in support of global ATN deployment for the new millennium
  • To this end, ACI is developing a line of lifecycle supported ATN software, along with integrated software packages and turnkey ground systems
  • ACI continues to work aggressively with ATN stakeholders to address ATN deployment challenges, including issues of network management, certification, and design level assurance standardization

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for more information
For more information…
  • Contact…

Forrest Colliver, General Manager

forrest.colliver@aci-llc.com

Bob Kerr, Marketing & Communications

bob.kerr@aci-llc.com

  • Or, visit the ACI web site at…

www.aci-llc.com

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