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“Sibling” of 3G mobile telephony

The new comprehensive ICT system for ground-to-ground communication at airports will utilise technology that is similar to that used in 3G mobile telephones.

SINTEF is involved in drawing up specifications for the system in the following areas: data-transfer rates, data security, and how far delays in data transfer can be accepted.

Measurements in Madrid
“On the one hand, we need to satisfy user requirements, but we also need to take into account the limitations imposed by the physical environment of the airport where wireless communication is concerned,” explains SINTEF's Jan Erik Håkegård.

In order to map what the airport physical environment means in terms of reflection and attenuation of radio signals, SINTEF will carry out a wide-ranging programme of measurements at Madrid's Barajas International Airport.

Member of international company
SINTEF has been awarded the contract as a member of the recently-formed NATMIG company, which SINTEF has set up together with the Oslo/Horten-based company Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, Sweden's SaAAB and the Irish Airtel ATN.

NATMIG aims, among other things, to ensure that the special needs of the Nordic countries are met by Europe's future ATM system.

By Svein Tønseth