System Wide Information Management
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SWIM Featured at the 2015 ATCA Technical Symposium in Atlantic CityMay 18, 2015
FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) was featured at the 2015 ATCA Technical Symposium focusing on the latest ideas, research, and services in the air traffic control arena. This conference, held May 12-14 in Atlantic City, NJ, brought together hundreds from the air traffic community to see the latest technology and hear from key industry and government leaders. SWIM was discussed in a panel on emerging challenges to the National Airspace System (NAS) featuring FAA’s Pam Whitley and Jim Eck. The SWIM booth included multiple demonstrations exhibiting SWIM’s role as the digital data-sharing backbone of NextGen and how SWIM provides access to multiple types of aviation information, all through a single connection. View the ATCA Today publication below (or click to download) for more details on the panel discussion (p. 1) and learn about the implementation of the new SWIM Visualization Tool in 11 sites within 1 year (p. 9 and 11).
SWIM Away to the 2015 ATCA Technical Symposium in Atlantic CityMay 7, 2015
FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) will be featured at the 2015 ATCA Technical Symposium, a conference focusing on the latest ideas, research, and services in the air traffic control arena. On May 12-14 in Atlantic City, NJ, join members of the air traffic community, see the latest technology, and hear from key industry and government leaders. SWIM will be discussed in a panel on emerging challenges to the National Airspace System (NAS) featuring FAA’s Pam Whitley and Jim Eck. You can also visit FAA stand #306 to learn more about how SWIM is the digital data-sharing backbone of NextGen and how it provides access to multiple types of aviation information, all through a single connection. For more details about FAA programming during the conference, visit the ATCA website or view ATCA Today Publication.
SWIM Visualization Tool (SVT) Implemented in 11 Sites within One YearMay 4, 2015
As of March 2015, the SWIM Visualization Tool (SVT), a surface viewer prototype, has been implemented in 11 sites around the country. This new government-owned tool, engineered and developed by the Volpe Center, is a web based application that gives controllers and traffic managers access to surface data that was previously unavailable outside of a tower cab. Specifically, the tool provides access to ASDE-X and ASSC tracking data provided by the System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Terminal Data Distribution System, or STDDS.
SVT improves shared surface situational awareness (SSA) capabilities in Terminal Radar Approach Controls (TRACON) and the ATCSCC through shared surveillance data. It is advisory in nature only and not used for actual separation of traffic. The SVT allows aircraft to be color coded by departure fix and gives all TRACON personnel a better idea of how busy a particular route will be and when. Therefore, it can help supervisors appropriately staff sectors in accordance with actual traffic demand rather than relying on rough estimates based on past activity associated with typically busy times of the day.
SVT is an early implementation of Terminal Flight Data Manager (TFDM), a NextGen program. By combining a common SSA with collaborative decision-support tools, TFDM will help aircraft operators, controllers, and airports stage arrivals and departures more efficiently. TFDM will deploy an SSA capability based on lessons learned from the SVT prototype. This capability will enhance collaborative decision-making on the surface, which is one of the key TFDM tools that will make flights more efficient from gate to gate.
The initial SVT implementation was completed in Southern California (SCT) in April 2014. As of March 2015, it is also implemented in 7 additional TRACONS -- Northern California (NCT), Chicago (C90), Houston (I90), Louisville (SDF), Boston (A90), New York (N90), Potomac (PCT) - and three Centers - Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), NY Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) (ZNY), and the Los Angeles ARTCC (ZLA). This marks the completion of the planned SVT implementation. TFDM will include current SVT functionality and will replace SVT when it is deployed.
SWIM at World ATM Congress 2015March 13, 2015
FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) participated in World ATM Congress 2015 in Madrid, Spain March 10-12, 2015. World ATM Congress combined a large-scale exhibition, world-class conference, and premier networking opportunities featuring the latest air traffic trends and developments. SWIM's engagement at World ATM Congress 2015 allowed the international aviation community to learn more about data accessible through SWIM and how the aviation community is creating innovative tools leveraging SWIM technology, cutting business costs and improving the experience of the flying public. Read about the SWIM panel in the World ATM Congress Newsletter (see page 5)
SWIM Team: FAA, Rockwell Collins and ERAU Enhance Situational AwarenessJanuary 9, 2015
Rockwell Collins has joined with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in a two-phase launch of the Aircraft Access to System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, which uses National Airspace System (NAS) data to improve aircraft situational awareness. Rockwell Collins’ Data Management Service (DMS) was used in Phase 1 of the program to demonstrate one-way access to SWIM. Phase 2 of the program will demonstrate the capability for two-way data transfer. Read more...
Airline Tracking and Tamperproof Distress Reporting On ICAO AgendaJanuary 8, 2015
Once operational, the system would work like this: At takeoff the tracking system begins sending position, time and identification information at least every 15 min. to the airline’s operational control center (AOC), potentially using a third-party company to provide the tracking services. That data long term would be available to the airline using System-wide Information Management (SWIM)-enabled applications. Read more...
Avionics Today: "SWIM Heads for Final Lap"December 8, 2014
The following is an excerpt from Avionics Today.
The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) System-Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, now more than halfway to the finish line, is the agency’s version of net-centricity. Using the Federal Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) backbone, SWIM provides the means for National Air Space (NAS) systems to share information, increase interoperability and encourage the reuse of information and services, the agency says. Under SWIM, data that may originally have been used for safety-critical purposes becomes a tool for flight management. According to program officials, SWIM will enable users to respond faster and more accurately because they can access the data they need when they need it.Read more...
Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) SWIM Master Class Competition Nears ConclusionNovember 20, 2014
The FAA is constantly working to contribute to the SESAR Joint Undertaking SWIM Master Class program, a 5-month creative competition between teams that develop SWIM-enabled applications. With more than 80 competitors annually, participants compete for “Best in Class” based on SWIM applications, information services, and compliant infrastructure.
On June 24, 2014 the SWIM Program Office partnered with Harris to serve at a booth at the SWIM Master Class kick-off in Brussels, Belgium. SWIM’s participation served as an outreach mechanism to provide information about program progress and data available to the international aviation community.
Submissions for the 2014 SWIM Master Class Program have been made, and the Best in Class ceremony will happen on December 11, 2014. In addition, there will be over 20 exhibitors and sponsors demonstrating their latest SWIM offerings. Learn more: http://www.sesarju.eu/newsroom/events/swim-master-class-2014
SWIM Connect 2014 Featured in Managing the Skies MagazineNovember 17, 2014
This year ATCA’s 59th Annual Conference and Exposition, attendees were a buzz about SWIM CONNECT 2014 featuring how FAA’s SWIM is transforming all phases of flight with their partner FAA programs. The event was an example true stakeholder collaboration between the FAA, industry, international and users in the aviation community. In a sea of questions about the future of information access, SWIM Connect was a one-stop place for answers.
Attendees commented about an impressive interactive gate–to–gate experience of data accessible through SWIM and had a unique environment where they learned more about how the aviation community is creating innovative tools, cutting business costs and improving the experience of the flying public. Attendees interacted with live demonstrations and connected one-on-one with experts were available to answer questions.
Fourteen Speakers, ten planners, and over fifty stakeholders and experts from FAA and industry helped create a unique experience for close to 800 visitors of the SWIM Connect showcase. The agenda for the SWIM Connect Spotlight series was a representation of SWIM’s daily collaboration efforts.
Learn more about SWIM Connect from the article; SWIM Connect 2014: Ready for Takeoff! featured in Managing the SkiesClick here to view full Managing the Skies Magazine
SWIM Connect 2014 at ATCA 59th Annual ConferenceSeptember 17, 2014
SWIM Connect 2014 | GET PLUGGED IN...
ATCA 59th Annual Conference & Exposition
September 29-October 1 | Exhibit Hall
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Planning is in full swing for the ATCA 59th Annual Conference and Exposition, which is just around the corner. New this year, don't miss SWIM CONNECT 2014 in the presentation theater of the main exhibit hall at ATCA, September 29 - October 1! The FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program, in conjunction with our partners, will get you plugged in to SWIM and connect you to the data that's available now and share what will be offered soon.
Join us for an interactive gate-to-gate experience of data accessible through SWIM and learn more about how the aviation community is creating innovative tools, cutting business costs and improving the experience of the flying public. Connect with experts to answer all your questions and interact with live demonstrations. In addition, SWIM Connect 2014 will feature spotlight talks throughout each day with key players in the FAA and industry covering today's hottest topics. Look for the spotlight agenda in the coming weeks. We can't wait to connect with you at ATCA
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TRACONs Responding Quicker and More Efficiently to Traffic NeedsJuly 21, 2014
One of the more recent success stories was at Southern California TRACON (SCT) and the Air Traffic Control Traffic Management Unit at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in April 2014. LAX is one of the busiest airports in the world. Working with the folks at the LAX TMU, the FAA SWIM Program Office went back to the basics and focused on what the customer’s most important needs and requirements were. In collaboration with the Volpe Transportation Center an innovative solution was developed to address the issue the customer was facing.
The issue was related to major construction occurring at LAX. Both LAX and SCT, which services LAX, needed additional situational awareness of surface movement at LAX. Essentially, they were hoping to be more efficient by responding proactively instead of reactively by having immediate access to the new SWIM Terminal Data Distribution System (STDDS) surface radar surveillance traffic data instead of receiving a phone call about traffic backups.
In a rapid response request (three weeks), the SWIM Program Office had STDDS surveillance data available for direct access by SCT through the installation of the SWIM Visualization Tool (SVT). This solution provided the SCT staff the required increased visibility to LAX surface movement.
The customer was so thrilled with the agile deployment of this capability that she provided a formal letter of commendation to the SWIM team, thanking the SWIM office for the successful quick reaction efforts.
For LAX and SCT, the SWIM team demonstrated the ability to deliver customer required information services and on short notice. This success illustrates the SWIM team’s ability to quickly respond to high priority customer needs. Contributing to the success was the ability to leverage STDDS information published to SWIM and exemplifies the value of standards based data exchange with improved operations and decision making.
FAA Aviation Industry Technical Forum 2014April 23, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM (EDT) Herndon, VA
This event, sponsored by the FAA ATO Program Management Organization, is a forum for exchanging information with industry about the status and future plans of several significant FAA programs. The target audience is the aviation technical vendor community building information systems and interfaces with FAA.The SWIM Program Manager, Jim Robb, spoke about SWIM as a NextGen Data Distribution, including a review of the stakeholders, process and products necessary to obtain NAS data from SWIM/ NEMS.
Other speakers included keynotes from Teri Bristol, Chief Operating Officer for the Air Traffic Organization, Nancy Kalinowski, Air Traffic Organization, Vice President, System Operations and Vincent Capezzuto, Air Traffic Systems, Director. Topics included discussion about the vision for the Traffic Flow Management domain including Terminal Flight Data Management (TFDM), Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) and Time Based Flow Management (TBFM): Rebecca Guy, Decision Support, Manager
SWIM Visualization Tool Providing Benefit to Southern California OperationsApril 18, 2014
By Pete Slattery (Charlotte)
NATCA TFDM/FDIO/AEFS National Representative
The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) Visualization Tool (SVT) is a new product recently installed at the Southern California TRACON (SCT). The SVT provides Surface Situational Awareness (SSA) to controllers, traffic managers, and front-line managers.
This new tool gives controllers and traffic managers access to surface data that was previously unavailable outside of a tower cab. The SVT display is similar to an Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE) Model X display in a control tower, but does not sound alerts or display other runway safety information. Read More