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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF AIR TRAFFIC SITUATION IN A GIVEN REGION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249995D
Publication Date: 2017-May-15
Document File: 4 page(s) / 140K

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Abstract

A method for generating comprehensive air traffic situation data comprises receiving situational information from multiple aircraft agents in a region, and fusing the received information to yield an integrated, comprehensive air traffic information of the region.

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METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR GENERATING A COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF AIR TRAFFIC SITUATION IN A GIVEN REGION

BACKGROUND

 

The present disclosure relates generally to air traffic monitoring, and more particularly to generating a comprehensive view of air traffic in a given region.

Live (real time or near real time) availability of detailed air traffic situation can be very useful in supporting decisions need to be made various entities related to air transportation, such as airlines, air traffic control (ATC), and airport operators. In some countries, for example, in the United States, such or similar air traffic information is provided by an air navigation service provider (ANSP), specifically, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) makes Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) data available to the various entities listed above. However, in several countries (e.g., Brazil) such air traffic situation information is not available, and it is not expected that such information will be available in the short or mid term.

According to one conventional approach, similar information may be provided by a network of ground based antennas that capture such information (e.g. Passur). However, extracting usable information from such ground based systems depends on the type of available ground infrastructure. Further, in several countries and/or airports, installation of ground based antennas may be infeasible or otherwise unavailable. Furthermore, installation of such a system may also be expensive, and or need extensive planning, which in turn may require additional time, excluding the usability of this approach in the short or mid term.

Therefore, there exists a need for a technique to make available the information relating to air traffic situation implementable in a short time frame, in an inexpensive manner.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic illustrating one airborne agent receiving information from surrounding air traffic.

FIG. 2 is a schematic illustrating the transmission of data collected by multiple agents, similar to the agent of FIG. 1, being transmitted to a ground station for further processing.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The present disclosure presents a solution to make the air traffic situation information available in situations where no information from an ANSP, or from ground based system is available. A network of airborne sensors, for example, mounted on aircrafts (also referred to as an “agent”) collect air traffic information from other proximate aircrafts or airborne entities. Data from several agents is fused to generate a comprehensive view of air traffic situation, for being made available to the entities related to air transportation.

A network of airborne agents in a certain region is used to obtain information about air traffic in that region. The information received from several agents is fused (e.g. in a ground station that receives information from all the agents) to yield an integrated view of the air...