Nokia has been selected as part of Project FACT (Future All Aviation CNS Technology), an innovative research and development programme initiated under the SESAR 2020 programme, managed by the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking.
Nokia will provide 4G and 5G mission-critical infrastructure, consulting and services to Project FACT, which will research future deployment of a new, consistent technology platform for communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS) services across air traffic management (ATM).
Mervyn Harris, Head of Air Traffic Management, Nokia said: “Project FACT is an ambitious endeavour that seeks to increase safety, security, efficiency and resilience of future air traffic communications globally through the development of an integrated, next-generation CNS architecture.
“As part of the SESAR ATM Master Plan, Project FACT seeks to maximise the benefits of high-bandwidth connectivity that can handle fast-growing data volumes while also preserving utmost safety standards. This consortium assembles outstanding levels of complementary skills and expertise, and Nokia is eager to apply its aviation domain experience and industry-specific technical insight.”
The project will also research the potential integration of today’s conventional ATM systems with emerging U-Space services such as drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.
Nokia will be responsible for leading a feasibility study and test specification for the evolution of legacy CNS systems to a new integrated approach. Nokia laboratory trials are projected to take place in the summer of 2021, with field testing by June 2022.