System Wide Information Management
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SWIM in Space: A visit to NASA Ames Research CenterAugust 2, 2016
An interchangeable Vertical Motion Simulator (VMS) cabs for experimenting thrust control levels at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, Calif., on July 15, 2016. In the picture (from left to right): Sarasina Tuchen (Dept. of Transportation), Enterprise Services Director Malcolm Andrews (FAA), SWIM Program Manager Jeri Groce (FAA).
SWIM Program Manager Jeri Groce presented SWIM capabilities and benefits at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. She presented SWIM capabilities, as well as the benefits and future program efforts. Ames, one of ten NASA field centers, develops and tests innovative automation concepts, technologies, and procedures, to identify the most promising capabilities to support NextGen.
Traffic Flow Management Data Transitioned to SWIM, ASDI DecommissionedAugust 1, 2016
SWIM has made the delivery of aviation data to consumers more streamlined than ever before possible. Prior to SWIM, the stand-alone Aircraft Situational Display to Industry (ASDI) system was the only source through which external consumers could access FAA's TFM data. However, with SWIM's establishment, FAA determined that delivering TFM data through SWIM offered numerous benefits and began transitioning ASDI consumers to SWIM. This transition, which began in 2014, concluded on April 29, 2016 - on schedule and without any interruption in service - by which time all ASDI consumers either migrated to SWIM or opted out of continuing to receive TFM data. Once the transition was complete, FAA decommissioned ASDI.
Now as consumers of SWIM, former ASDI consumers have access not only to TFM data but to other NAS data products distributed through SWIM. Furthermore, these additional products can all be accessed with minimal additional effort, as SWIM consumers access all relevant data through a single connection. The improved data access enables the aviation community to drive innovation and create value-added products to create a better in-flight experience for the flying public.
SWIM Interactive Developer Workshop goes to Bean TownJuly 14, 2016
On June 21, more than 50 software architects from around the world joined NextGen and the SWIM Program Office for the second SWIM Interactive Developer Workshop at the Volpe Center in Cambridge, Mass.
The attendees, primarily developers from private industry, brought their laptops and ideas to work with each other and SWIM experts. They had direct access to SWIM for three days to refresh their knowledge of the data or learn about the data and how the aviation world uses it.
"We received an enormous amount of positive feedback from last year's participants on their ability to connect to SWIM data and work with experts," said NextGen's Jon Standley who co-chaired the event. "The idea of getting your hands on SWIM data straight from the source helped them to craft ideas for new applications."
In addition to the format used in the September 2015 workshop, participants divided into two groups, "learner" and "challenge," based on their experience with SWIM data. They were also given the opportunity to showcase their creativity in delivering innovative solutions to operational challenges posed during the workshop.
"For most of the participants, the workshop was their first exposure to SWIM data," said Chris Pressler, SWIM's Lead Engineer and workshop co-chair. "Having an expert sit right next to you was a major contributor to the event's success."
In a post-workshop survey given to participants, the overall responses were positive. "Great event and very informative," recalled one developer. "I learned a lot more than I would at a typical lecturing contest."
The workshops have built a new community within SWIM for developers to share their experiences with each other, and take them to their colleagues at home to continue learning, innovating and transforming SWIM data. And while the developers received the hands-on data experience, NextGen and the SWIM program office gained direct insight on user-related issues that will affect future operations.
SWIM Featured at ATCA Technical Symposium in Atlantic City, NJJune 8, 2016
FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) was featured in the 2016 ATCA Technical Symposium, May 17-19 in Atlantic City, NJ. This event, co-chaired by FAA and NASA, brought together hundreds of leaders from government and industry to focus on the latest developments in the air traffic control arena.
The SWIM Connect booth during 'Tech Center Tuesday' included demonstrations exhibiting SWIM's role as the digital data-sharing backbone of NextGen. SWIM subject matter experts showed visitors how SWIM provides users with access to real-time, relevant, and reliable aeronautical, flight, and weather information, all through a single connection.
SWIM was also the focus of a Technical Symposium session addressing NAS Data and Decision Making. FAA and industry leaders addressed key questions related to the broad availability of data made possible through SWIM and opportunities to use this data to improve NAS performance. ATCA published an overview of topics addressed by this panel. SWIM was also referenced in another panel on air traffic modernization.
SWIM Interactive Developer Workshop (Registration Closed)April 18, 2016
FAA and the Volpe Center are proud to host the second SWIM Interactive Developer Workshop on June 21-23, 2016. The workshop will be held at the Volpe Center campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and will focus on creating applications that utilize SWIM data to innovate operations in the NAS and solve real world challenges. During the workshop participants will be able to:
- Collaborate with subject matter experts to develop new applications
- Attend in-depth workshops on data products, exchange standards and global connectivity
- Refresh your knowledge of SWIM or learn for the first time
- Connect with operators to understand current challenges and opportunities
- Engage in a hands-on challenge session to develop innovative solutions using aviation data
ATCA Today: "Past and Present Managers Analyze the Program’s Worldwide Influence"November 25, 2015
Ahmad Usmani, FAA (far right), talks about his experience with SWIM as colleagues, Don Ward, FAA, Mike Hawthorne, NOBLIS, and moderator Jeri Groce, FAA
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The following is an excerpt from ATCA Today Highlights Edition
The Federal Aviation Administration's SWIM Connect 2015 education series at the 60th ATCA Annual closed with a look at SWIM’s global impact in the past, present, and future.
A trio of former SWIM (System Wide Information Management) program managers, along with current manager Jeri Groce, gave their perspectives on the massive program's implementation, funding, and influence on other countries' air traffic control computer systems.
Mike Hawthorne, who is now with Noblis, said in SWIM's infancy there were a lot of questions about its value."Some of those questions exist today," he said."SWIM is a great enabler, but it's difficult to develop hard facts about the benefits. It was a very hard sell to the JRC (Joint Resources Council of the FAA) because it's about data, not about moving boxes. We were asking for a huge agency investment that's about stakeholder management rather than contractor management."
The key, he said, was to "figure out what SWIM means to us. Even the term means something different to different parts of the world. We made a very deliberate decision to get our own house in order, figure out the value proposition of SWIM, and explain why we thought that was important. And then we were able to take it to the international community."
But as painful as the SWIM evolution has been, Hawthorne believes stakeholders today realize the extreme importance and pervasiveness of the program.
In fact, he said, "Most people don't realize when you dial back 10 years, ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) and SWIM were the two jump-start trends for NextGen. So SWIM predated Next- Gen and was foundational for it. You literally can't do NextGen without SWIM."
Ahmad Usmani, FAA, said today, "We see a lot of other countries trying to do what we've done. We really are world leaders when it comes to SWIM, and I think that's something we need to try and protect as things evolve internationally."
Usmani said the Asia Pacific Common Virtual Regional Private Network (CRV) is working on building a regional version of SWIM. "I'm guessing something similar will happen in Europe and the Americas, and then all of those networks will link together," he said.
Don Ward, FAA, said it's important to keep in mind that those networks will likely have different architecture than SWIM, so "we'll need to figure out how to work together."
SWIM Connect 2015October 6, 2015
The FAA's System Wide Information Management (SWIM) program invites you to visit SWIM Connect 2015 at the 60th ATCA Annual Conference on November 2-4 in National Harbor, MD. Located at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center...learn more
SWIM at Aviation Information Exchange ConferenceAugust 26, 2015
SWIM subject matter experts Jim Robb, Program Manager, Chris Pressler, Lead Engineer, and Stephen Link, NAS Enterprise Messaging System (NEMS) Chief Engineer presented on Wednesday August 26th at the Aviation Information Exchange Conference in Silver Spring, MD. Topics included a SWIM overview, an update on the SWIM Flight Data Publication Service (SFDPS), and a summary and illustration of mediating data between ICAO data standards and legacy XML formats. Learn more at www.fbcinc.com/e/atiec/
SWIM Interactive Developer Workshop (Application Closed)July 7, 2015
Due to an overwhelming response, we are no longer accepting applications for the SWIM Interactive Developer Workshop. If you have any questions, please contact us. Update: 9/9/2015
Work hands on with SWIM data during an interactive, in-depth workshop at the Florida NextGen Test Bed presented by FAA NextGen and the SWIM Program Office. This two-day educational event geared toward software engineers, developers, and data providers will allow participants the opportunity to develop in an environment with current and emerging SWIM data. Interested in developing and participating? Learn more and register today!
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
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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