• SWIM Brown Bag #17: JMS Description Documents (JMSDDs)

    April 19, 2013

    Date: Wednesday May 8, 2013
    Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm EST
    Location: FOB10A, Rooms 5ABC (800 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC)

    The SWIM team would like to cordially invite you to participate in a brown bag discussion on Java Message Service Description Document (JMSDD) and the FAA-STD-073. The FAA-STD-073 ''Preparation of Java Message Service Description Documents'' is a new standard in the SWIM family of artifacts. It is the regulating standard for JMSDD, and will soon be submitted to the National Airspace System (NAS) Configuration Control Board (CCB) for approval. The presentation provides the opportunity for SWIM consumers and personnel to have a first glimpse at the future standard.

    Briefing material can be found HERE.

    LINK TO ONLINE MEETING:
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  • The SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) achieves a second Initial Operating Capability (IOC) on December 14, 2012.

    January 8, 2013

    On December 14, the SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) demonstrated Initial Operating Capability (IOC) a second time, at the Miami Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON). The first STDDS IOC was held at the Y90 TRACON at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT in May 2012.

    STDDS is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based front end to several legacy Terminal systems including Electronic Flight Strip Transfer System (EFSTS), Runway Visual Range (RVR), Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X), and Tower Data Link Services (TDLS). STDDS converts the data from these legacy systems into XML format for distribution to other National Airspace System (NAS) and non-NAS consumers. This information is now not only available to a limited number of systems in the Terminal domain, but also to other NAS programs such as Traffic Flow Management (TFM) as well as airlines and other approved external consumers.

    A subsequent release of STDDS is expected in 2013 and will enable the distribution of ASDE-X and RVR data to external consumers via the NAS Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS) being deployed by SWIM Segment 2. Full deployment of STDDS to 39 TRACONs, with data from 119 Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs), is expected to be completed in 2014.

  • SWIM AIM Services Now Available

    December 19, 2012

    On Monday, December 10, 2012, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Special Use Airspace (SUA) capability went operational, providing users with three new services. The three new services deployed are: Static Definitions, Dynamic Definitions, and Special Activity Airspace (SAA) Editor. The Static Definitions service provides information on the shape and legal definition of an airspace, and is installed on the NAS Resource (NASR) system. The Dynamic Definitions service provides information on the scheduling of airspace, and is installed in the SUA Management System (SAMS). The SAA Editor is a new tool used to create and modify SAAs.

    The first subscriber to the Static Definition service is SAMS; due to SAMS and NASR operating in different FAA domains, SAMS has previously been receiving updated information from NASR manually. The Static Definition service now allows SAMS to directly subscribe to NASR data and receive updates through system-to-system exchange. The National Flight Data Center, a branch of the FAA that maintains the NASR, is the first user of SAA Editor.

    Future AIM Modernization Segments will continue to improve SAA capabilities and will include Temporary Flight Restrictions, Altitude Reservations, and Military Training Routes. These expanded capabilities will include integrating SAA/SUA data with Notices to Airmen and airport infrastructure data.

  • Minneapolis Center Goes for a SWIM

    December 10, 2012

    On the morning of December 7, 2012, the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Predeparture Reroute (PDRR) capability demonstrated Initial Operating Capability (IOC) at the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC). The PDRR capability enables traffic management coordinators to use a single system to coordinate and send reroute information to towers handling the departing flight(s). This ability reduces the manual coordination necessary to ensure the reroute is issued and followed.

    The changed (and protected) portions of the flight plan due to the reroute are highlighted to ensure controllers make no further changes to the agreed-upon reroute, unless there is a safety issue or other valid reason. An Airborne Reroute capability that can be employed to reroute planes already in the air is also under development by the Air Traffic Organization.

    With the use of SWIM, the Traffic Flow Management (TFM) System will be able to identify any flights affected by weather or other route obstructions, such as a volcanic eruption, and automatically distribute the appropriate reroute on a flight by flight basis. "Instead of a hunt and peck type mission, it will look for any flight that's affected by the change and send the reroute to the affected controllers and the traffic management units for more immediate issuance to pilots," said Jerry Schrank, the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) Air Traffic Lead at Minneapolis Center.

    The information will originate from the TFM System at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, and be coordinated through SWIM services centralized at Minneapolis Center to the ERAM systems at affected centers. Currently, command center traffic management coordinators call traffic management units at an En Route center to discuss reroute options, which are frequently limited to a set number of predefined routes. The reroute is then manually entered into the system, verified with a phone call to the tower at the departure airport, and communicated to pilots and controllers. Air Traffic Lead Schrank states, the PDRR capability "gives the system a lot more flexibility and immediate capability, instead of manual coordination" so flight information can be provided with more speed and flexibility.

  • SWIM will discuss its services and how to subscribe to SWIM products at FAA Aviation Industry Technical Forum 2012 (November 28-30, 2012).

    October 25, 2012

    SWIM will present at FAA Aviation Industry Technical Forum 2012. This event is free and will be held from Wednesday, November 28, 2012 through Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Westin Washington Dulles Airport in Herndon, VA. It targets the technical vendor community that builds systems using FAA data. SWIM will discuss its services and how to subscribe to SWIM products.

    More information and to register for the Forum, please visit the following link: http://faaindustryforum2012.eventbrite.com/.

  • SWIM Newsletter - Edition Seven, September, 2012 Posted.

    October 10, 2012

    The SWIM program published the 7th issue of our newsletter, The Current. Articles cover topics like SWIM Segment 2 approval, the Flight Data Publication Service (FDPS), cloud computing, and more. Download a copy of the newsletter here.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #16: Developing Requirements for a Web Service on Wednesday August 8, 2012

    August 10, 2012

    The SWIM team would like to cordially invite you to participate in a brown bag discussion on Developing Requirements for a Web Service, presented by Mark Kaplun, System Engineering. The FAA-STD-070 "Preparation of Web Service Requirements Documents" is a new FAA standard that provides the details needed to specify requirements for development of a web service. The presentation will cover the following topics:

    • Motivations for developing the FAA-STD-070
    • Where new web service requirement documents fit in the current service documenting process
    • What's new and different in this requirements document
    • Things to consider when developing web service requirements

    LINK TO ONLINE MEETING:
    https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/95f98897175536e585257a46005530d8
    Password: SWIM

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    Developing Requirements For a Web Service

  • FAA Joint Resources Council (JRC) approved a SWIM Segment 1 Re-plan and Segment 2 Final Investment Decision (FID).

    July 18, 2012

    On July 18, 2012, the FAA Joint Resources Council (JRC) approved a SWIM Segment 1 Re-plan and Segment 2 Final Investment Decision (FID). SWIM Segment 1 introduced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) implementation in the NAS, but delivery of SWIM-compliant services was the responsibility of the implementing programs. In SWIM Segment 2, SWIM provides common messaging infrastructure and ensures the successful delivery of SWIM-compliant services to authorized users. SWIM Segment 1 will still be within its original Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) cost and schedule milestones and the FID will fund SWIM Segment 2 through Fiscal Year (FY) 2016.

  • The SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) declared Initial operating Capability (IOC) on May 17, 2012.

    July 17, 2012

    On May 17, 2012, The SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) declared Initial operating Capability (IOC) at the Y90 Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) located at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT. This IOC represents an Acquisition Program Baseline (APB) milestone for SWIM Segment 1.

    STDDS is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based front end to several legacy Terminal systems including Electronic Flight Strip Transfer System (EFSTS), Runway Visual Range (RVR), Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X), and Tower Data Link Services (TDLS). STDDS converts the data from these legacy systems into XML format for distribution to other National Airspace System (NAS) and non-NAS consumers. This information is now not only available to a limited number of systems in the Terminal domain, but also to other NAS programs such as Traffic Management as well as airlines and other approved external consumers.

    In addition to the site at Y90, STDDS was installed at Miami TRACON in May 2012 and is expected to demonstrate IOC in July 2012. A subsequent release of STDDS is expected in 2013 and will enable the distribution of ASDE-X and RVR data to external consumers via the NAS Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS) being deployed by SWIM Segment 2. Full deployment of STDDS to 39 TRACONs, with data from 119 Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCTs), is expected to be completed in 2014.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #15: Domain Name Service (DNS) and Network Time Protocol (NTP) - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday June 20, 2012

    June 15, 2012

    ONLINE MEETING INFO:
    Link: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/3ED75068DED361A785257A1A0057A644
    Password: SWIM

    TELCON LINE INFO:
    Dial in number: (605) 475-4000
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  • SESAR will be holding a SWIM Innovation Master Class for developers starting in June 2012.

    May 11, 2012

    The FAA SWIM Program would like to pass along the following message from our colleagues with the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management (ATM) Research (SESAR):


    Are you the developer(s) we are looking for? Do you have what it takes to create a SWIM-enabled application using existing or emerging Information Technologies that could be used by the global ATM community?

    Then the SWIM Master Class is a perfect opportunity for you!

    This event gives you a chance to get hands-on experience with SWIM, to become part of a network of SWIM experts, to foster the SWIM adoption, and to create new business opportunities.

    Are you ready to demonstrate your innovative leadership and become part of the SWIM network? Then sign up before 31 May 2012 for the SWIM Master Class at www.sesarju.eu/swim-master-class.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #14: Service Lifecycle Management - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday May 9, 2012

    May 7, 2012

    The SWIM team cordially invites you to participate in a brown bag discussion on the Service Lifecycle Management (SLM) Process, presented by the SWIM Governance Team Lead, Paul Jackson. The session will provide an opportunity to learn about updates to the SWIM SLM Process, which guides suitable NAS capabilities from proposed ideas to SWIM-Compliant Operational Services. Come prepared to have all your questions on this topic answered.

    ONLINE MEETING INFO: Link: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/AE3D8DEC077EE080852579F2005638FD Password: brownbag

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  • Sabre became the 5th subscriber to the Integrated Terminal Weather Service (ITWS)

    March 5, 2012

    At 4:36 pm on February 9, 2012, the travel technology company Sabre became the 5th subscriber to the Integrated Terminal Weather Service (ITWS), joining United Parcel Service, FedEx, Harris Corp., and the U.S. Air Force Global Information Grid (GIG). With its connection to the SWIM-ITWS Client, Sabre began receiving data from ITWS.

    ITWS' SWIM capability became operational on January 25, 2011. ITWS provides a real-time picture of convective weather to traffic managers, allowing them to collaborate with dispatchers to route or re-route air traffic as necessary. This capability was developed by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #13: Operational Responsiveness for Wednesday February 8, 2012

    February 6, 2012

    The SWIM team would like to cordially invite you to participate in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Brown Bag discussion on Operational Responsiveness, presented by Progress Software. Progress Software is an application infrastructure software company that enables enterprises to be operationally responsive to changing conditions and customer interactions as they occur. Operational Responsiveness is the ability of business processes and systems to respond to changing conditions and interactions as they occur.

    LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/cba89125c941c27185257968006bcf5e Password: brownbag

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  • SWIM Brown Bag #12: LISA - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday January 11, 2012

    January 6, 2012

    This forum will focus on ITKO's LISA Platform, presented by ITKO representative, Steve Thomas. LISA provides service simulation solutions for developing applications in composite and cloud environments.

    LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/d80b2fd965dba4e48525793600577e60 Password: brownbag

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  • SWIM Brown Bag #11: Testing - Sametime and Telcon Information for Tuesday December 13, 2011

    December 7, 2011

    This forum will focus on SOA Testing and will cover the following topics: Traditional Testing, Migration to SOA, Conceptual SOA, Traditional vs. SOA Testing, SOA Testing Solutions, and Anticipated Challenges. The presentation will be provided by Paul Caron, Testing and Evaluation Lead for SWIM and will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in FOB 10A, Rooms 8ABC.

    LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/41c78c191bd902258525793600576765 Password: brownbag

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  • SWIM Brown Bag #10: REST - Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday November 9, 2011

    October 14, 2011

    Representational State Transfer, or REST, is an HTTP-centric approach to addressing resources on a network. Heralded as simpler and less verbose than Web Services, REST has garnered enthusiasm among architects and integration engineers around the globe. ��In the context of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), REST provides alternative implementation approaches to Web Services. The Brown Bag session will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm in FOB 10A, Rooms 8ABC.

    LINK TO ONLINE MEETING: https://awast21.faa.gov/stconf.nsf/meeting/613dfe9b38ef8f3d85257928004e51ea
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  • SWIM Brown Bag #9 Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday July 13, 2011

    July 7, 2011

    Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

  • Topia Successful with SWIM Capability Evaluations

    July 5, 2011

    On June 23 and 24, Topia Technology completed a second and final round of SWIM capability demonstrations and evaluations of the Kolona Software Suite, which allows for SWIM delivery of data, services and reporting. The first round, which was held in January 2011, is covered in the March 2011 issue of The Current.

    For the recent demonstration, Topia developed two domain applications on the Kolona Resource Management framework: one for system administrators and the other for software testers, each performing basic data resource movement and management functions. In addition to demonstrating the two domain applications, Topia introduced an instructional scenario redeveloping the system administration application in a series of explained steps so that a basic resource movement task was executed on a test SWIM network. The scenarios were developed for future as well as past applications to ensure that each meet a SWIM Segment 2 requirement, and collectively comprise Topia's response to the comments received following the first demonstration.

    While the FAA's work with Topia ends this summer, the primary documents will be available on the SWIM website. Metrics showing performance, as well as cost and time savings are to be included in the final report. These reports will explain what Mobile Object Technology is and how the technology will accomplish SWIM objectives. In addition, a web-based demonstration is planned for July 14, 2011. For more information on the upcoming web demonstration, or on the Topia demonstrations, the points of contact are: Mike Hritz (mike.hritz@faa.gov) and Rick Helfers (ehelfers@northstargroupllc.com)

  • SWIM Brings Together FUSE Software Users

    June 16, 2011

    On May 23, 2011, over 100 people participated in the SWIM Fuse Summit. The Fuse Summit was an event at which SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs), representatives from FuseSource and other users of FUSE products within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) came together to discuss their use of the FUSE products. The FUSE products are a suite of enterprise-ready integration and messaging software used to implement and manage integration projects such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA).

    The seven Segment 1 SIPs gave presentations on their different experiences using FUSE products, including lessons learned, issues, and recommendations. In addition, representatives from FuseSource gave a presentation on the Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi) framework.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #8 Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday June 8, 2011

    June 1, 2011

    Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

  • STDDS Prototype Installed at Bradley International

    May 24, 2011

    During the week of April 25, a System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) prototype was installed at the Yankee (Y90) Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facility located at Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks, CT. The STDDS prototype hardware and software were installed by representatives from Y90, the Volpe Center, and Raytheon. The purpose of the prototype is to validate the interfaces and collect operational data inputs from Runway Visual Range (RVR), Electronic Flight Strip Transfer Systems (EFSTS), and Airport Surface Detection Equipment-Model X (ASDE-X) to be used for testing of the operational system. The prototype will also be used to obtain information regarding the interfaces in order to reduce risk during installation and deployment of the final STDDS configuration.

    Following the completion of development and testing, the final STDDS system will be installed at TRACONs nationwide. STDDS will provide a SWIM-compliant front end to legacy Terminal systems and publish this data to internal NAS consumers. The final configuration will receive Flight Information Service (FIS) from en route and inputs from Tower Data Link Services (TDLS) in addition to RVR, EFSTS, and ASDE-X. STDDS will publish three services: RVR, Surface Movement Events, and Tower Departure Events.

    Later this year, the Y90 prototype will be upgraded to the final STDDS configuration and will serve as the first key site. Initial Operating Capability (IOC) at Y90 is anticipated during the spring of 2012.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #7 Sametime and Telcon Information for Wednesday May 11, 2011

    May 4, 2011

    Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

  • SWIM Newsletter - Issue Five, March 2011 Posted

    April 26, 2011

    The March 2011 issue of The Current, the SWIM Program's biannual newsletter, has been posted. Please visit the Newsletters section of the Documents page to view this newsletter.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #6 Sametime and Telcon Information

    April 14, 2011

    Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

  • SWIM Brown Bag #5 Sametime and Telcon Information

    March 9, 2011

    Information has been removed because the meeting is over.

  • ITWS New Capability is now Operational

    February 9, 2011

    On January 25 2011, the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) SWIM Segment 1 capability became operational. ITWS provides a real-time picture of convective weather to traffic managers, allowing them to collaborate with dispatchers to route or re-route air traffic as necessary. This capability was developed by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, employing FUSE Broker server technology that provides a bandwidth-efficient remote distribution point at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, NJ.

    A number of participants from industry have expressed an interest in receiving the ITWS data through this new interface. Industry users will receive the ITWS weather products by connecting to the FAA's NAS Enterprise Security Gateway located at the WJHTC.

  • AIM SUA Completes IOC

    January 3, 2011

    In the early hours of December 16, Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) accomplished a major program milestone by demonstrating Initial Operating Capability (IOC) of the Special Use Airspace (SUA). The AIM SUA automated data exchange occurred between the Project Repository (located at FAA HQ ), the Static Repository (located at FAA HQ ) and the Operational Repository (located at the FAA Command Center). A new airspace project was created and modified as part of the demonstration. This milestone had been delayed due to several factors including the AIM move from the Command Center to OEX and ACY; difficulty procuring Luciad software licenses; and bugs in the FUSE software. The AIM SUA capability will become fully operational in FY11 after the AIM system is relocated to its new sites.

    Congratulations AIM for meeting this critical milestone!

  • JRC Segment 2 Briefing Posted

    January 3, 2011

    The JRC Segment 2 Briefing from November 17, 2010 has been posted in the "Briefings" section of the Documents page.

  • FAA Cancels Solicitation

    November 8, 2010

    The Federal Aviation Administration hereby cancels Solicitation Number 9394 for the establishment of the Qualified Vendors List (QVL) to be used in the procurement of XML Gateways by SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPS) in its entirety. FAA will not resurrect this requirement.

    Any questions regarding this announcement must be directed to Princess Cannon, by 12 PM EST December 3, 2010, via email at princess.cannon@faa.gov.

  • SWIM Newsletter - Edition Four, September, 2010 Posted

    November 1, 2010

    The September 2010 SWIM Newsletter has been posted.

    Please visit the "Newsletters" section of the Documents page to view this newsletter.

  • SWIM and the Fundamental Benefits of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) Brownbag

    October 20, 2010

    SWIM holds it's first brownbag in a 12-part series: #1 SWIM and the Fundamental Benefits of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).

    Please visit the "Briefings" section of the Documents page to view this document.

  • SWIMposium Informational Panel on September 29th

    September 29, 2010

    The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program would like to invite all interested FAA staff to its second "SWIMposium," an informational panel on SWIM. The event will take place on September 29th from 1 - 2:30pm in the Bessie Coleman Conference Center in FOB 10A. The SWIMposium is designed to provide an overview of SWIM, describe what it means for your program, highlight next steps, and allow an opportunity to answer your questions about SWIM.

    To view all presentations delivered at the SWIMposium, please visit the "Briefings" section of the Documents page.

  • 2010 summer edition of The Journal of Air Traffic Control publishes 'FAA Portfolio Management: Lessons learned from the SWIM Program'

    September 13, 2010

    The article, originally published in the 2010 summer edition of The Journal of Air Traffic Control, focuses on management practices that have worked on the SWIM Program and how they might be applied to other Portfolios in the FAA.

    The article is located in the "Reference Documents" section of the Documents page.

  • SWIM Program announces 2nd 'SWIMposium' for September 29th

    September 7, 2010

    The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program would like to invite all interested FAA staff to its second "SWIMposium," an informational panel on SWIM. The event will take place on September 29th from 1 - 2:30pm in the Bessie Coleman Conference Center in FOB 10A. The SWIMposium is designed to provide an overview of SWIM, describe what it means for your program, highlight next steps, and allow an opportunity to answer your questions about SWIM.

    Please note that attendance is limited to FAA personnel only. We are considering an Industry Day event for later in the year and will announce it on FAA Contract Opportunities and www.swim.gov at the appropriate time.

  • FAA releases SWIM Segment 2 Request for Information

    August 25, 2010

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released a Request for Information (RFI) for the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program. SWIM seeks industry feedback that will help the FAA finalize their requirements and the acquisition strategy for the design, integration, infrastructure support, and delivery of SWIM Segment 2. The purpose of this RFI is to obtain industry comments on the Focused Questions in the RFI, as well as feedback on the Segment 2 Final Program Requirements. RFI responses must be received by the FAA by September 20, 2010.

    View the full announcement on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at https://faaco.faa.gov/posting.cfm?PostIDtemp=9951

  • SWIM Participates in the Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture 2010

    August 4, 2010

    The SWIM Program Manager and SWIM Communications Lead participated in this year's EAA Airventure in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. SWIM representatives provided an overview of the program and answered questions at the SWIM booth, part of the FAA's NextGen exhibit. For more information on EAA AirVenture, please access http://www.airventure.org/

  • SWIM Requirements and Governance Lead briefs the SWIM Security Workshop at EUROCONTROL

    July 12, 2010

    SWIM Requirements and Governance Lead Jim Robb participated in a SWIM Security Workshop at EUROCONTROL on June 25th. He provided a briefing on Next Gen and SWIM Security that was delivered to the NATO/EUROCONTROL Air Traffic Management Security Coordination Group (NEASCOG). The briefing can be viewed on our Documents page.

  • The SWIM Program Office has deployed the NAS Service Registry/Repository (NSRR) 2.0

    July 8, 2010

    The NSSR will serve as a central repository to help users discover, use and, whenever possible, reuse NAS services. The major functions of the NSRR include discovery, governance, and lifecycle management. The NSRR stores metadata related to services, as well as the relationships between those services, which interested parties may access by browsing or querying the Registry/Repository.

    The primary function of the NSRR is to enable the design-time discovery of NAS services. During design-time, a software developer will be able to discover NAS services of interest by means of browsing or querying the Registry/Repository. If the developer decides to utilize a discovered NAS service, they may utilize various service artifacts, such as WSDL files, to access the service. Developers wishing to be notified when the meta-information for a NAS service is updated may subscribe to receive such notifications.

    Interested individuals within the FAA may complete the User Account request form located in the SWIM Compliance Documents section of the Documents page. Completed forms should be returned to SWIM Governance Lead, Paul Jackson at paul.jackson@faa.gov.

  • SWIM/SWIM-SUIT Demo held at the SWIM-SUIT User Forum

    June 30, 2010

    The FAA SWIM Program Manager participated in the European SWIM-SUIT Final User Forum held on June 24 - 25, 2010 in Rome, Italy. The forum provided an opportunity to display examples of collaborative activities between Europe and the U.S. As part of the forum, Boeing demonstrated a live two-way data exchange (flight plan and surveillance data) between the U.S. (using Boeing's SWIM Lab in Chantilly, VA with nodes at Embry Riddle and Boeing Kent, Washington) and Europe (Boeing lab in Madrid) through a publish/subscribe mechanism onto the European SWIM-SUIT prototype network. The SWIM briefing presented at the Forum is located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

    To view all presentations delivered at the Forum, please visit http://www.swim-suit.aero/swimsuit/.

  • SWIM Program Manager shares lessons learned at Volpe Center Day at the United States Department of Transportation

    June 2, 2010

    On June 2, 2010, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) convened a panel representing four modal administrations and technical experts with hands-on experience in developing traffic management systems for a discussion on innovations in traffic management and implementation of technologies across modes. For a high-level overview of the event and the panel discussion, please visit: http://www.volpe.dot.gov/infosrc/sf/vcd/traffic.html.

  • SWIM Net Centric Demonstrations and Prototypes Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) to be held on May 26, 2010

    May 24, 2010

    The SWIM Program will be holding the next Net Centric Demos and Prototypes Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) on Wed, May 26th at BAE Systems, Aerospace Building, Suite 850, 901 D St., SW, Washington DC 20024. This will be an all day meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will provide attendees an opportunity to exchange information concerning demonstrations and prototypes, review National Airspace System (NAS) information exchanges, and perhaps leverage assets. If interested in attending, please contact Rick Helfers at eric.helfers@baesystems.com.

    To view the full meeting announcement, agenda and presentations, please visit the "Documentation and Prototype" section of the Documents page.

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Director of Program Operations, SWIM Program Manager, and SWIM Evolution & Coordination Lead speak at the 2010 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference

    May 17, 2010

    The 2010 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference held May 11 - 13, 2010 in Herndon, VA and jointly sponsored by government, civil and military, and industry, addressed long term research and development and early implementation of integrated CNS technologies needed to enable Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).

    Jim Eck, FAA, Director of Program Operations, Ahmad Usmani, SWIM Program Manager and Patty Craighill of Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) delivered a panel discussion on "Net Centric Communications" on day two of the conference. The discussion supported the larger plenary session focused on "Interagency Systems Transformations," addressing multi-agency information sharing, and policies and procedures needed to insure airspace security while improving the support for each agency's primary mission. SWIM Evolution & Coordination Lead, Mike Hritz, also chaired a session on "Information Sharing" and spoke on the "NextGen Integration" panel.

    To view the presentations delivered at the ICNS conference, please visit the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

  • Ahmad Usmani, SWIM Program Manager, is quoted in Government Computer News magazine

    May 17, 2010

    The article, published by Government Computer News magazine, highlights trends in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and discusses major themes at the 9th SOA for e-Government Conference. To view the full article, please follow the link: http://gcn.com/articles/2010/05/10/faa-soa.aspx.

  • SWIM Program Implementation Lead speaks on panel at joint Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) / Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM) Conference

    May 17, 2010

    SWIM Implementation Lead, Jeff Hobbs, was a featured panel speaker at the second annual joint Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) / Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM) Conference on May 4 - 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. The conference is intended for the aeronautical information and aviation meteorological (MET) communities, including software developers, program managers, experts, and users of aeronautical and weather information. Jeff discussed the benefits of digital information, as it relates to AIXM. The presentation is located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

    To view all presentations delivered at the AIXM/WXXM conference, please visit http://www.aixm.aero/public/standard_page/2010_05_aixm_met_archive.html.

  • SWIM Program Status to be presented at 9th Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for e-Government Conference

    May 3, 2010

    On May 6, 2010, Ahmad Usmani, SWIM Program Manager, will be the featured keynote speaker for the 9th Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for e-Government Conference. The conference will focus on "How to Make Service Orientation Pay Off." Hosted by MITRE Corporation and the Federal SOA Community of Practice, the conference will bring together experts and leaders from government and industry in a conversation about how government can effectively adopt a service orientation to enhance its mission and reduce redundant costs. For more information on the conference, please visit the official conference site: https://register.mitre.org/soa/.

    As a preview to the event, the SWIM Program in conjunction with MITRE have released the keynote presentations which include the latest update on the status of the SWIM Program. The presentations are located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

  • FAA announces award of SWIM Segment 1 Service Registry/Repository

    April 29, 2010

    On April 28, 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it has awarded the SWIM Segment 1 Service Registry/Repository solicitation, DTFAWA-10-R-00001, to Hewlett-Packard (HP). The resulting contract, No. DTFAWA-10-C-00039, includes 1 base-year and 12 option-years. The value of the awarded contract, if all options are exercised, is $3.2M. On June 30, 2009, the FAA issued a requirement for commercially available Service Registry/Repository software to support the Segment 1 System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program. The contract includes supplying the FAA with Service Registry/Repository software that is commercially available or available in the public domain that meets the requirements for the SWIM Segment 1 Service Registry/Repository. This software will offer a central repository to help users discover, use and, whenever possible, reuse Web services. In addition to the software product, the FAA will receive the following services under this contract, including: product maintenance, product documentation, technical support, training, and consulting support.

    To review the solicitation, please access https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=4ff7f0cf7dfb2bd3d1a1c0043cb08ce0&_cview=0

  • FAA seeking responses from qualified vendors for the SWIM XML Gateway QVL

    April 14, 2010

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing a Qualified Vendors List (QVL) to be used for future procurements of XML gateways by SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs). With this announcement, we are seeking responses from qualified vendors who wish to be listed on a SWIM XML Gateway QVL. Responses are due on May 12, 2010. The full announcement is posted on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at https://www.fbo.gov/?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=2a1965da684f419993db04ca0ee43a9d.

  • SWIM publishes the 3rd edition of our newsletter

    April 1, 2010

    The SWIM program published the 3rd Issue of our newsletter, The Current. The articles featured include an overview by the SWIM Program Manager, SWIM accomplishments, information on the SWIM Suitability Checklist and Segment 2 Update, and much more. The newsletter is found on the Documents page.

  • FAA announces award of SWIM System Engineering and Business Services Solicitation

    March 26, 2010

    The Federal Aviation Administration announces it has awarded the SWIM System Engineering and Business Services Solicitation, DTFAWA-09-R-00055, to The North Star Group LLC on March 22, 2010. The total potential value of the Base Period and Options is $27.8 million. The FAA requires support that includes systems engineering (SE), program architecture, requirements, implementation, and business support services necessary to assist the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program.

  • CIWS SWIM Prototype Becomes Operational

    March 9, 2010

    On March 3, 2010, the Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) SWIM Prototype became operational at the William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City, NJ. The CIWS SWIM Prototype Service was developed by the CIWS development Team at Lincoln Labs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

    Last month, the FAA announced the list of participants from industry who have expressed an interest in receiving the CIWS Weather data. The industry users will receive the CIWS gridded weather products by connecting to the FAA's NAS Enterprise Security Gateway located at the WJHTC. The FAA is counting on industry users to provide feedback and lessons learned that will help in improving the service in SWIM Segment 1.

  • FedEx Receives SWIM-Compliant ITWS Data

    March 1, 2010

    FedEx has become our latest industry partner to receive SWIM-compliant data via the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) Prototype Service. On February 25th, FedEx started receiving digital data for ITWS weather products. The SWIM-compliant ITWS Prototype Service was developed by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, using open-source software provided by Progress Software. FedEx receives the products by connecting to the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) external gateway at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

    The SWIM program office wishes to thank all of the FedEx, ITWS, and FTI personnel who supported the delivery of this SWIM-compliant prototype service.

  • MITRE publishes Service Oriented Architecture papers

    February 14, 2010

    MITRE has published a series of papers on the topic of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and its application in the federal government. The papers provide an analysis on SOA techniques and offer guidance in addressing the unique challenges presented in its deployment. At FAA, SWIM provides the basis for information exchange between systems based on the principles of SOA. To learn more about SOA, please visit the MITRE website at http://www.mitre.org/work/info_tech/soa/.

  • Initial participants selected for CIWS SWIM Prototype

    February 4, 2010

    On December 22, 2009, the FAA released criteria to industry users interested in participating in the SWIM-compliant Prototype called the Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) Data Distribution Service (CDDS). Through the use of the prototype, the SWIM program will examine the feasibility of distributing real-time CIWS gridded data using the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard via a web service.

    The Agency thanks everyone who took the time to respond. The FAA SWIM Program Office has selected Delta Airlines, Raytheon Company, ARINC, Harris Corporation, Kent State University, and WSI Corporation as initial participants.

    Industry feedback and lessons learned will be applied to the implementation of SWIM Segment 1. Other requests for participation will be considered as they are received.

  • FAA and SESAR JU Work on compatibility between EU and US SWIM

    January 14, 2010

    Representatives from the FAA and the Single European Sky ATM Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) and its members met to discuss commonality, and potential for interoperability between future SWIM environments.

    The discussion, December 9 - 10, 2009 in Rome, Italy, was focussed on achieving a collaborative plan of activities that would take place between the FAA NextGen and SESAR on this subject in 2010 - 2011. The collaboration would come under a new aviation research agreement between the EU and US (FAA), currently under negotiation.

    On the first day of the meeting, both sides presented their understanding of the SWIM concept and current roadmaps. On this basis a significant number of commonalities between the approaches were identified as well as some differences. The second day was dedicated to finding areas where close collaboration will best harmonize NextGen and SESAR and where cooperative efforts will provide the most benefits to aviation stakeholders. These areas for collaboration were then prioritized and a list of tasks was created.

    All participants stressed the importance of ensuring compatibility between the EU and US SWIM, as well as the importance for other countries to be able to benefit from the work done in the two corresponding programmes. Both FAA and SESAR JU highlighted the need of keeping the world-wide ATM community up-to-date on the progress.

    The SWIM EUROCONTROL briefings are located in the "Briefing" section of the Documents page.

    For more information, please access SESAR JU.

  • FAA seeks participants for feedback on the CIWS SWIM Prototype

    December 22, 2009

    The SWIM program is seeking users who will provide feedback on the SWIM-compliant Prototype��called the CIWS Data Distribution Service (CDDS). The feedback and lessons learned generated from these efforts will be very valuable to future SWIM development.

    Through the use of the prototype, the SWIM program will be examining the feasibility of distributing real-time CIWS gridded data using the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standard with a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-compliant Web Service interface.

    Your application to participate must be submitted to the SWIM Program Office, via e-mail to 9-ATOW-HQ-SWIM@faa.gov, no later than January 22, 2010. For more information, please view the service description and the information request��and application. The FAA SWIM Program Office will make the final selection of participants by February 5th, 2010.

  • SWIM Releases Draft of the Final Program Requirements for Segment 2

    October 30, 2009

    The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program has released the initial draft of the SWIM Final Program Requirements Segment 2 document. The document defines program requirements for SWIM's next phase, Segment 2. The document discusses the new Segment 2 program requirements as well as maintenance of legacy Segment 1 requirements, providing clear differentiation of the requirements for each segment. For more information, please access the FPR on the Documents page.

  • SWIM Meeting with TechAmerica on September 29, 2009

    October 28, 2009

    A bi-monthly forum has been established so that the FAA can discuss SWIM-related questions with the TechAmerica industry forum. TechAmerica and the FAA SWIM program met for the third forum on September 29, 2009. The meeting included topics such as the SWIM Core Architecture Evolution Concepts and a lessons learned discussion on business case development. The meeting minutes are located in the "Segment 2 Documents" section of the Documents page. For more information on Tech America, please visit: www.techamerica.org

  • Segment 2 Technical Overview Released

    October 22, 2009

    The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program has released the Segment 2 Technical Overview document. The document outlines Segment 2 SWIM Core Architecture Evolution Concepts including functional and technical architecture. The document discusses options for functional architecture components being considered for deployment by the SWIM Program in Segment 2. The advantages and disadvantages of these components are examined to assist future requirements and cost analysis. Component options are then grouped and presented as three overall Segment 2 architecture options, including the federated approach used for Segment 1. For more information, please access the Segment 2 Technical Overview on the Documents page.

  • FAA releases amendments to SWIM System Engineering and Business Support Services requirement

    October 22, 2009

    FAA has released amendments to the SWIM System Engineering and Business Support Services requirement.�� This is a Request for Proposals to support the SWIM Program Office. The offeror awarded this contract will provide the Office of ATC Communications (AJW-5) with the systems engineering (SE), program architecture, requirements, implementation, and business support services necessary to assist the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program.

    View the amendments on the FAA Contracting Opportunities website at: https://faaco.faa.gov/posting.cfm?PostIDtemp=8802.

  • SWIM-Compliant CIWS Data Product Descriptions Now Available

    October 15, 2009

    The Corridor Integrated Weather System (CIWS) Product Description, Revision 1.0, is now available. CIWS allows air traffic managers to use 3D displays to safely manage flight routes during thunderstorms, significantly reducing congestion and delays. The CIWS Product Description serves as a reference with descriptions of CIWS data product files. CIWS products are now available in a SWIM-compliant format, and the CIWS data feed will allow for integration into existing displays.

    For more information, please view the full product description list.

    Sample CIWS data is available to prospective users at: http://webstats.wx.ll.mit.edu/data/CIWS_20090717T194500.tar.gz or http://webstats.wx.ll.mit.edu/data/CIWS_20090717T194500.zip

  • Data Xtend Semantic Integrator (DXSI Tool)  Evaluation Released

    October 15, 2009

    An evaluation of Progress Software's DataXtend Sematic Integrator (DXSI) tool is now available. Mitre conducted an evaluation of the DXSI tool, focusing on the weather domain. This evaluation resulted in detailed findings related to SWIM Core Services. For more information on DXSI's capabilities and the evaluation, please view the briefing on the Documents page.

  • The SWIM Program publishes the SOA Suitability Checklist

    September 24, 2009

    The SWIM Program published the SOA Suitability Checklist on September 24th. The purpose of this document is to objectively assess programs to determine if leveraging SWIM Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) software, standards, processes, and procedures is an appropriate approach for the solution of their specific need. This document details specific criteria and a scoring mechanism to assess whether programs facing an upcoming JRC meet the criteria for becoming SWIM-compliant. For more information, please contact Jim.Robb@faa.gov. The SOA Suitability Checklist and the Suitability Checklist Job Aid are found on the Documents page.

  • SWIM Program��held the��first "SWIMposium" on September 22nd

    September 24, 2009

    The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program would like to thank all of the attendees of our first "SWIMposium," an informational panel on SWIM.�� The event was held on September 22nd and included approximately 150 participants.�� The SWIMposium provided an overview of SWIM and a description of��the impact of SWIM on��other FAA programs.��For more information, please view the final briefing on the Documents page.

  • FAA releases requirement for SWIM System Engineering and Business Support Services

    September 22, 2009

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a requirement for System Engineering and Business Support. The FAA requires support that includes systems engineering (SE), program architecture, requirements, implementation, and business support services necessary to assist the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program.

    It is anticipated that an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity type contract, with level of effort firm fixed-price pricing arrangements, will be awarded covering these services. The resultant contract will include a base period (March 1 - September 30, 2010) and 4 one-year options. These options may or may not be exercised at the sole discretion of the FAA.

    Complete technical proposals must be received by the FAA by 2 PM Eastern Time on October 20, 2009.

    View the full announcement on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at https://faaco.faa.gov/posting.cfm?PostIDtemp=8802

  • FAA seeking comments on draft XML Gateway Requirements document v2.0

    September 21, 2009

    The FAA is seeking industry comment on the update to our XML Gateway Requirements document v2.0. In order to be placed on FAA's Qualified Vendor���s List (QVL), vendors must meet the FAA's XML Gateway requirements (as outlined in this document) and have successfully passed a technical evaluation of their product as defined in the Qualification Information Request (QIR) that will be posted on the FAA Contracting Opportunities page, https://faaco.faa.gov/index.cfm during November 2009. The draft document and comment form is found on the Documents Page.

    Comments are due by COB October 21, 2009. Submit your completed comment forms to Jim.Robb@faa.gov

  • Department of Defense (DoD) receives SWIM-compliant ITWS data

    September 17, 2009

    The Department of Defense (DoD) has become our first agency partner to receive SWIM-compliant data via the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) Prototype Service. On September 17th, the DoD's Global Information Grid (GIG) at Hanscom Air Force Base started receiving digital data for ITWS weather products. The SWIM-compliant ITWS Prototype Service was developed by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA, using open-source software provided by Progress Software. DoD receives the products by connecting to the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) external gateway at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

    The SWIM program office wishes to thank all of the DoD, ITWS, and FTI personnel who supported the delivery of this SWIM-compliant service.

  • Enterprise Service Bus Prototype Overview

    September 16, 2009

    On July 30, 2009 the SWIM Program Office announced the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Protoytpe effort. As part of the planning for SWIM Segment 2, SWIM is establishing an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Prototype at SWIM lab facilities in the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. A Segment 2 prototype overview briefing can be found on the Documents page. The briefing includes some considerations and ideas for prototyping, but final prototyping decisions will be subject to cost and schedule constraints. More information will be made available as activities progress.

  • SWIM publishes the 2nd edition of our newsletter

    September 15, 2009

    The SWIM program published the 2nd edition of our newsletter, The Current.��The articles featured��include an overview by the SWIM Program Manager, SWIM governance policies, information on the SWIMposium, accomplishments, and much more. The newsletter is found on the Documents page.

  • SWIM Meeting with TechAmerica on June 23, 2009

    August 25, 2009

    A bi-monthly forum has been established so that the FAA can discuss SWIM-related questions with the TechAmerica industry forum. The meeting minutes are in the "Segment 2 Documents" section of the Documents page. For more information on Tech America, please visit: www.techamerica.org

  • SWIM Program��announces 1st "SWIMposium"��for September 22nd

    August 15, 2009

    The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Program would like to invite all interested FAA staff to its first "SWIMposium," an informational panel on SWIM.�� The event will take place on September 22nd from 1 - 2:30pm in��FOB 10A 3rd Floor Auditorium.�� The SWIMposium is designed to provide an overview of SWIM, describe what it means��for your program, highlight next steps, and allow an opportunity to answer your questions about SWIM.��For more information and a detailed agenda, please view the full description: Presentation.

  • Follow-up Market Analysis - Technical Support Services For FAA Technical Operations Directorate (ATO-W)

    August 5, 2009

    The purpose of this additional market analysis is to obtain the information necessary to determine whether adequate competition exists to set-aside the competition among small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, or 8(a) certified firms.

    View the full announcement on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at http://faaco.faa.gov/?ref=6256.

  • SWIM Program Office announces Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Protoytpe effort

    July 30, 2009

    As part of the planning for SWIM Segment 2, SWIM is establishing an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) Prototype at SWIM lab facilities in the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ.�� More information will be made available as activities progress. A prototype overview briefing can be found on the Documents page.

  • The SWIM Program Office announces availability of Progress Software Products��for the FAA community

    July 30, 2009

    Through Progress Software Products, the SWIM Program Office announces the availability of FUSE, including four open source Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) components, for the FAA community.����Available components include: FUSE Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), FUSE Message Broker, FUSE Services Framework and FUSE Mediation Router. The four components are combined with development and management tools to create a comprehensive enterprise integration infrastructure and are deployed in many large, mission-critical IT applications. Progress Software Products is a global provider of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications.

    The SWIM program office is pleased to announce the availability of these new products. For more information, please view the full product description list: Fuse Product List.

  • Service Registry/Repository Software Screening Information Request

    July 27, 2009

    On July 1, 2009, the FAA released a Request for Offer (RFO)/Screening Information Request (SIR) for a requirement for Service Registry/Repository Software to the Contract Opportunities website. The Agency thanks everyone who took the time to respond. Proposals are under review. The RFO/SIR documents are found on on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at http://faaco.faa.gov/?ref=8418 page.

  • FAA's Joint Resources Council approves SWIM Segment 1 funds for FY2011-FY2015

    July 23, 2009

    The FAA's Joint Resources Council (JRC) approved the SWIM Program Office's request for program funding for FY2011-FY2015, to complete the development and deployment of SWIM Segment 1 capabilities.�� The JRC decision was made on July 15, 2009.���� The SWIM Briefing to the JRC is found on the Documents page.

  • FAA seeks participants for feedback on the CIWS products

    July 17, 2009

    The SWIM program is seeking users who will provide feedback on Corridor Integrated Weather Service (CIWS) product distribution methods and the XML-based digital data products being distributed, and who are interested in integrating these products into existing automation systems. The feedback and lessons learned generated from these efforts will be very valuable to future SWIM development.

    The FAA SWIM Program Office will make the final selection of participants. Your application to participate must be submitted to the SWIM Program Office, via e-mail to 9-ATOW-HQ-SWIM@faa.gov, no later than August 14, 2009

    For more information, please view the application and description.

  • MITRE SWIM Core Architecture Evolution Concepts (v1.0) released

    July 17, 2009

    MITRE published the Core Architecture Evolution Concepts Document for the SWIM program on July 17th. The purpose of this document is to develop SWIM Core architecture evolution concepts that will form the basis for the development of SWIM Segment 2 core architecture. This document outlines an analysis of options for components that may be deployed and interconnected by the SWIM Program in Segment 2.

    The Core Architecture Evolution Concepts document is found on the Documents page.

  • MITRE SWIM Core Architecture Evolution Concepts (v1.0) released

    July 17, 2009

    MITRE published the Core Architecture Evolution Concepts Document for the SWIM program on July 17th. The purpose of this document is to develop SWIM Core architecture evolution concepts that will form the basis for the development of SWIM Segment 2 core architecture. This document outlines an analysis of options for components that may be deployed and interconnected by the SWIM Program in Segment 2.

    The Core Architecture Evolution Concepts document is found on the Documents page.

  • New Products available via the ITWS-SWIM Prototype Service

    July 17, 2009

    The SWIM Program Office would like to announce the new products available via the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS)-SWIM Prototype Service. On July 22, 2009, users will now have access to the following ITWS weather products:

    1. Airport Lightning Warning: Contains airport lightning warning data for specific areas of interest called critical regions
    2. Tornado Detections Product: Provides the location, speed, and direction of all tornadoes as extracted from the Next Generation Radar Tornadic Vortex Signature (NEXRAD TVS) product
    3. Tornado Alert Product: Contains the alphanumeric text for the tornado alerts
    4. Precipitation 5 nm Product: Contains the 5 nm resolution precipitation
    5. Precipitation Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) Product: Contains the ITWS TRACON area precipitation
    6. Precipitation Long Range Product: contains the Long Range Precipitation which is derived from one or more NEXRAD and Terminal Doppler Weather Radars (TDWR)

    These products will be added to the existing list of available products, including Microburst TRACON Map, Gust Front TRACON Map, Terminal Weather Text, and Configured Alerts.

    ITWS improves NAS efficiency by displaying the impact of convective weather, storm cells, precipitation, airport winds, microbursts, gust fronts, windshear, lightning, and tornadic activity at selected NAS pacing airports. The ITWS-SWIM Prototype Service will improve on this by providing ITWS products digitally that support the overlay of ITWS products onto user workstations for greater common situational awareness. Engineering these data services using SWIM standards will also reduce integration costs while enabling wider access to weather products.

    The SWIM program office is pleased to announce the availability of these new products. For more information, please view the full description of these products.

  • FAA releases requirement for SWIM Service Registry/Repository Software

    July 1, 2009

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a requirement for Service Registry/Repository Software.�� In addition to the software product, the FAA requires the following services:

    1. Product Maintenance
    2. Product Documentation
    3. Technical Support
    4. Training
    5. Consulting Support

    It is anticipated that an Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity type contract, with fixed-price pricing arrangements, will be awarded covering these services.�� The resultant contract will include a one-year base period and 12 one-year options.�� These options may or may not be exercised at the sole discretion of the FAA.

    Complete technical proposals must be received by the FAA no later than 12:00 noon EDT, Friday, July 24, 2009.

    View the full announcement on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at http://faaco.faa.gov/?ref=8418.

  • SWIM briefs at 2009 NAS Enterprise Architecture Conference

    June 24, 2009

    The FAA hosted the 2009 National Airspace System (NAS) Enterprise Architecture (EA) Conference in Washington, DC.�� The conference brought together FAA executives, program managers, architects, planners, and systems engineering personnel, along with international and industry stakeholders, to discuss the importance of the NAS EA to the FAA in securing the capital needed to implement and field capability upgrades to the NAS, including NextGen.

    Jim Robb, SWIM Requirements and Governence Lead, briefed on NAS Enterprise Level Architecture Products - To Be SV-4: Reference Architecture and SOA Governance.

    Presentation: SV-4: Reference Architecture and SOA Governance presented June 2009 at the NAS EA Conference.

  • SWIM briefs at 2009 ICNS Conference

    May 14, 2009

    The 2009 Integrated Communications Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference, jointly sponsored by government, civil and military, and industry, addresses research and development of integrated CNS technologies for advanced aeronautical digital information systems and applications supporting the future global air transportation systems. The 2009 conference theme was "The Integrated Trajectory - Getting There."

    Jeffery Hobbs, SWIM Implementation Lead, co-chaired the session on the Information Sharing Environment (SWIM) and briefed on SWIM Status.

    Presentation: SWIM Status presented May 2009 at the Integrated Communciations Navigation and Surveillance (ICNS) Conference.

  • AIXM/WXXM Conference

    May 12, 2009

    The FAA hosted the 4th Annual Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM) Users Conference in Crystal City, Virginia.�� This year's conference was the first joint AIXM/Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM) Conference with an intended audience of AIXM/WXXM developers and aeronautical/meteorological information experts.�� The general topic of the conference was AIXM and WXXM Data Transfer ��� Graphical Visualization and Common Situational Awareness.

    Jeffery Hobbs, SWIM Implementation Lead, briefed on web services implemented during System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Segment 1.

    Presentation: Web Services Implemented During System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Segment 1 presented May 2009 for Aeronautical Information Exchange Model (AIXM)/Weather Information Exchange Model (WXXM) Conference.

  • SWIM Meeting with TechAmerica on March 4, 2009

    April 3, 2009

    A bi-monthly forum has been established so that the FAA can discuss SWIM-related questions with the TechAmerica industry forum. The briefing and meeting minutes are in the "Segment 2 Documents" section of the Documents page.

  • FAA seeking comments on draft Service Registry Requirements document v1.3

    March 11, 2009

    The FAA is seeking industry comment on the draft Service Registry Requirements document v1.3. The SWIM Service Registry Requirements document establishes requirements guiding the acquisition of a SWIM Service Registry product to be used by the FAA. The draft document and comment form is found on the Documents Page.

    Comments are due by COB March 24, 2009. Submit your completed comment forms to #emailForm("Jeffery.Hobbs@FAA.gov","Jeffery.Hobbs@FAA.gov", "SWIM Website",true)#

  • Service Registry/Repository software to support SWIM Segment 1

    March 5, 2009

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has a requirement for commercially available Service Registry/Repository software to support Segment 1 of the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program.�� The period of performance is estimated to begin on/or about January 1, 2010, with multiple three-year option periods for continued product support.

    The contractor shall supply the FAA with Service Registry/Repository software that is commercially available or available in the public domain that meets requirements for the SWIM Segment 1 Service Registry/Repository. This software will offer a central repository to help users discover, use and, whenever possible, reuse Web services.�� This acquisition is restricted to commercially available software (to include software in the public domain).

    All companies submitting a bid must be registered and active in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) Data Base or must be before award.

    The Screening Information Request (SIR)/Solicitation will be available by the end of April 2009.

    Offers will be evaluated in accordance with the SIR.�� Evaluation Criteria include ability to meet SWIM technical requirements, Past Performance, Financial Capability, and compatibility of products with standards to be identified in the SIR.�� The Government will make one award to the responsible Offeror whose submittal conforms to the requirements and terms and conditions, and is considered to be the best value to the FAA.

    This contract opportunity record has been posted on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at: http://faaco.faa.gov/?ref=7569.

  • Draft SWIM Segment 2 Operation Services and Environment Definition (OSED) v1 released

    March 3, 2009

    The Operation Services and Environment Definition (OSED) provides the basis for the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Segment 2 architecture and strategic direction.�� It is being used as an artifact to provide segment specific information about NextGen, the NAS and the SWIM program which will help to define SWIM requirements and technical architecture to support the SWIM Segment 2 Final Investment Decision.

  • The FAA is pleased to announce our Qualified Vendors List (QVL) for the XML Gateway Product

    March 3, 2009

    The vendors on this list have met the FAA's XML Gateway requirements and have successfully passed a technical evaluation of their product's installation and initial configuration, as well as system performance.�� Their products were deemed capable of providing support to the SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs).

    The vendors on this list include Layer 7 Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Vordel, Inc. Interested parties can view entire qualified vendors list.

    This QVL will be established for a period of six (6) years, from March 1, 2009 through March 31, 2015.�� Re-establishment of this QVL will be a unilateral decision of the FAA and will be reviewed annually.

    This QVL shall not be construed as a commitment by the Government to enter into a contract and is not intended to guarantee procurement of the XML Gateway.

    Technical questions regarding this QVL may be directed to Jeffery L. Hobbs, SWIM Implementation Lead, at (202) 267-9772 or #emailForm("Jeffery.Hobbs@FAA.gov","Jeffery.Hobbs@FAA.gov", "SWIM Website",true)#

  • Contract for SWIM and Data Communications PMO Support has been awarded

    February 16, 2009

    The FAA Washington Headquarters office has awarded Contract DTFAWA-09-D-00002 for Program Management Office Support to the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) and Data Communications programs. The contract was awarded to North Star Group, LLC of Baltimore, Maryland.

    The contract will allow the acquisition of expert advice, assistance, guidance or counseling in support of agencies' mission oriented business functions, as follows: technical, financial management, management analyst, business, configuration management, information security and subject matter expert advice and assistance to various organizations within FAA Technical Operations Service.

  • System Wide Information Management Technical Services Single Source Bridge Contract

    November 12, 2008

    The FAA intends to award a one-year single source contract for systems engineering support services to Flatirons Solutions Corporation.�� The contract will secure systems engineering services, for the SWIM Program Office of the ATC Communications Directorate, ATO-W.�� This award will support the SWIM Program Offices' testing, evaluation and implementation of SWIM core services.

    This award is being made to bridge a shortfall for these services while a competitive procurement is conducted and awarded.�� The target date for award of the competitive contract is late 2009 or early 2010.

    Flatirons Solutions Corporation was selected because it has been providing substantially similar services to the FAA SWIM Program Office under a sub-contracting arrangement and it has a proven track record of supplying this type of engineering and technical support services to ATO-W.

    A competitive solicitation is not available for this procurement.�� Refer to the FAA Contracting Opportunities Website at: http://faaco.faa.gov/posting.cfm?PostIDtemp=7297 for more information.

  • SWIM XML Gateway QVL

    November 4, 2008

    On September 15, 2008, the FAA��released requirements��to qualified vendors who wish to be listed on a SWIM XML Gateway Qualified Vendors List (QVL). The QVL is��to be used for future procurements of XML gateways by SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs).��Responses were due October 17, 2008. The Agency thanks everyone who took the time to respond.��Responses are under review.

  • FAA Air Traffic Organization (ATO) releases article highlighting SWIM-UPS partnership

    October 17, 2008

    On October 16, 2008, the��FAA ATO released an��article on the SWIM partnership with UPS, the first airline to receive digital weather information from the FAA under NextGen's transformational System Wide Information Management program.

    Read the entire��ATO News article entitled "UPS First in the Pool for a SWIM" at employees.faa.gov, or for PDF version click on the link: PDF

  • FAA has extended the response date from qualified vendors for the SWIM XML Gateway. Responses are now due October 17, 2008.

    October 9, 2008

    The full announcement is posted on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at http://faaco.faa.gov/?ref=7163

  • UPS has become our first industry partner to receive SWIM-compliant data

    October 7, 2008

    UPS has become our first industry partner to receive SWIM-compliant data via the Integrated Terminal Weather System (ITWS) Prototype Service.���� On October 6, UPS started receiving digital data for four ITWS weather products:

    1. Microburst TRACON Map
    2. Gust Front TRACON Map
    3. Terminal Weather Text
    4. Configured Alerts (text)

    The SWIM-compliant ITWS Prototype Service was developed using the IONA Fuse service container by the ITWS development team at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA.�� UPS receives the products by connecting to the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) external gateway at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ.

    The SWIM program office wishes to thank all of the UPS, ITWS, and FTI personnel who supported this delivery of the first SWIM-compliant service.����

  • FAA seeking responses from qualified vendors for the SWIM XML Gateway QVL

    September 24, 2008

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is establishing a Qualified Vendors List (QVL) to be used for future procurements of XML gateways by SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs). With this announcement, we are seeking responses from qualified vendors who wish to be listed on a SWIM XML Gateway QVL.

    The full announcement is posted on the FAA Contract Opportunities website at http://faaco.faa.gov/?ref=7163.

  • Contract for Service Container Software has been awarded

    August 18, 2008

    The FAA Washington Headquarters office has awarded Contract DTFAWA-08-C-00111 for Service Container Software to be used in the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program.�� The contract was awarded to IONA Technologies of Waltham, MA.

    This contract will provide for commercially available software necessary to implement SWIM services to be delivered in Segment 1.�� The SWIM use of service-oriented architecture (SOA) technology allows software applications in the National Airspace System (NAS) to locate and interact with one another through information services that can be accessed without knowledge of an application's underlying platform implementation.�� This simplifies interface requirements to existing NAS systems and ensures new systems can be built with minimum technology (hardware, software, and data definition) constraints.�� Thus, NAS development and implementation costs and risks for new applications will be lower.�� This acquisition is acquiring software, support and training for use by FAA SWIM Implementing Programs (SIPs).

  • Initial participants selected for ITWS Prototype Service

    July 21, 2008

    On June 20, 2008, the FAA released criteria to industry users interested in participating in an ITWS Prototype Service to examine the feasibility of distributing real-time ITWS digital weather data in an industry-standard data format (XML) using a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-compliant Web Services interface.

    The Agency thanks everyone who took the time to respond.�� The FAA SWIM Program Office has selected JetBlue Airways, Northwest Airlines and United Parcel Service (UPS) as initial participants.�� Other applications will be considered for participation in the future.

    Industry feedback and lessons learned will be applied to the implementation of SWIM Segment 1.

  • FAA releases to the Contract Opportunities website a market survey for Support Services for NextGen Air Transportation System Initiatives

    July 14, 2008

    The FAA is seeking interested sources that are capable of providing Support Services to the FAA.  This support is for the NextGen within the FAA’s AFS-400, Flight Procedures and Technologies Division.  It is contemplated that this requirement will be competed under full and open competitive procedures.  This market survey also seeks to identify potential vendors for this contract including groups of business teams.  This market survey is being conducted in order to obtain the information necessary to aid the FAA in its determination as to whether adequate competition exists to set-aside the competition.

    Please see the Contracting Opportunities website at www.FedBizOpps.gov for more information.

  • SWIM seeking industry feedback for ITWS Prototype Service

    June 20, 2008

    The SWIM Program Office has funded development of an ITWS Prototype Service to examine the feasibility of distributing real-time ITWS digital weather data in an industry-standard data format (XML) using a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)-compliant Web Services interface.

    The SWIM Program Office is very interested in feedback from prospective industry users of the ITWS Prototype Service. The lessons learned will be applied to the next phase of SWIM (the design of the operational system).

    Interested users should review the participation criteria. Applications to participate must be submitted no later than July 18, 2008. The FAA SWIM Program Office will make the final selection of participants.

  • ICAO Worldwide Symposium on Enabling the Net Centric Information Environment

    June 2, 2008

    The ICAO Worldwide Symposium on Enabling the Net Centric Information Environment was convened as a follow-up to the 2006 ICAO/EUROCONTROL Global Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) Congress (ICAO/EUROCONTROL Congress) which recognized that the global air traffic management (ATM) system is increasingly data dependent and requires access to global, broad-based aeronautical information of a quality and timeliness superior to that generally available today.�� The symposium began the process of resolving institutional and legal issues which encompass, among others, organizational, financial and intellectual property aspects associated with the system-wide management of aeronautical information.

    A link to the symposium website and the presentations is provided.

  • Screening Information Request

    February 21, 2008

    On January 8, 2008, the FAA released to the Contract Opportunities website an RFO/SIR for commercially available service container software to support the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) services in Segment 1. The Agency thanks everyone who took the time to respond. Technical proposals are under review. The RFO/SIR documents are found on the Documents page.

  • FAA releases the Contract Opportunities website

    February 14, 2008

    On December 11, 2007 the FAA released to the Contract Opportunities website a Market Analysis pertaining to technical support services for the FAA Technical Operations Directorate (ATO-W). The Agency thanks everyone who took the time to respond to this survey. The information derived will be very helpful as the SWIM Program Office plans for its future needs. A decision regarding when or if a future procurement will occur has not been made. For those vendors interested in providing technical support services to the SWIM program office, you should regularly check for announcements on Contract Opportunities, www.FedBizOpps.gov. Secondary notices of contract opportunities may appear also on the SWIM website at www.swim.gov.

  • ATCA's Annual Conference and Exposition

    October 28, 2007

    ATCA held its annual conference and exposition in Washington, DC at the Wardman Park Marriott. ATCA provided a forum for examination of issues related to development of air traffic control systems, aviation infrastructures, and increasing usage demands on global airspace.  The theme for this year's event was meeting the challenges of NextGen.  Highlights on the program agenda included NextGen policy issues, challenges of implementation, and priorities for the current and future infrastructure.  See details for the conference at http://www.atca.org/home.asp.

  • AIAA Technical Society's International Event

    September 18, 2007

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the technical society that devotes its efforts to advancing global leadership in the aerospace community, sponsored a major international event in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Four separate conference groups that represent researchers, designers, analysts, manufacturers, integrators, and operators convened to exchange ideas and promote discussion on enhancing current aviation systems and preparing for future needs.  SWIM was on the agenda at the ATIO Conference.

    Mike Hritz, SWIM program systems engineering lead, addressed the conference on "System-Wide Information Management, Overview and Segment 1 Strategy."

    Presentation: SWIM Overview and Segment 1 Strategy presented Sept 2007 for AIAA Aviation Technology Integration and Operations (ATIO) Conference

    Thien Ngo, Advanced Technology Development, presented "Weather-related Application in SWIM Environment" for Weather Impacts on Capacity and Delay panel.

    Frank Frisbee, Apptis,  moderated the Element of Integration Through Future Air Transportation Systems panel and presented "Integration Through Required Total System Performance."

    Presentation: Integration Through Required Total System Performance presented Sept 2007 for AIAA Aviation Technology Integration and Operations (ATIO) Conference

  • RTCA Forum and Annual Awards Luncheon

    September 18, 2007

    RTCA held its forum and annual awards luncheon in Washington, DC at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill.  The forum focused on SWIM and Network Enabled Operations (NEO) - what they are, how they work, what's included, when they will begin to influence air transportation.  The FAA and aviation community are implementing many information technology initiatives such as ADS-B, Satellite Navigation, and Data Communications.

    James Eck, Director, ATC Communications Services, briefed on SWIM Segment 1 and Beyond.

    Presentation: SWIM Segment 1 Overview and Beyond presented Sept 2007 for RTCA Annual Forum

    Ahmad Usmani, SWIM Program Manager (Acting), briefed on SWIM Segment 1 and the Communities of Interest (COIs) Processes.

    Presentation: SWIM Segment 1 Overview and Communities of Interest (COIs) Processes presented Sept 2007 for RTCA Annual Forum

    August 27-31, 2007 -- Aeronautical Communications Panel Working Group I ��� Internet Protocol Suite

    The second meeting of the Aeronautical Communications Panel (ACP) Working Group I ��� Internet Protocol Suite was held in Montreal, Canada. This working group was formed to continue the work assigned by the ACP for the development of ICAO Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) standards.

    Rhonda Thomas, the SWIM Acquisition Lead, represented the SWIM program office and provided a SWIM Program Overview Briefing.

    Presentation: SWIM Overview presented Aug 2007 for ICAO Aeronautical Communications Panel (ACP) Working Group_l

  • FAA National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show

    July 16, 2007

    SWIM participated in the FAA National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show in Chicago.  The four-day conference was designed for small businesses looking for subcontracting, prime and mentor-protégé opportunities.  The conference was structured to provide opportunities to speak with FAA officials during networking sessions, exhibit displays, luncheons and workshops.

    Presentation: SWIM Overview presented July 2007 at the National Small Business Procurement Opportunities Training Conference and Trade Show

  • FAA's Joint Resources Council requirements for a final investment decision Show

    June 20, 2007

    The SWIM program successfully completed the FAA's Joint Resources Council (JRC) requirements for a final investment decision.  The program’s FY 2009 and FY 2010 funding was approved.

    Presentation: SWIM Briefing to JRC for Final Investment Decision, June 2007

  • NextGen Day on Capitol Hill

    June 13, 2007

    SWIM participated in the NextGen Day on Capitol Hill.  As part of the NextGen portfolio program, SWIM is essential to transforming the air transportation system to achieve the most efficient use of airspace, manage aircraft routing around weather, and assure the safety of the systems on the ground and in the air.

    Presentation: SWIM Overview presented June 2007 for NextGen Day