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Uruguay Builds World’s First Countrywide Internet Protocol Communication Network

[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Northrop Grumman’s Europe-based air traffic management systems subsidiary, Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems, has delivered the world’s first integrated nationwide Internet Protocol (IP)-based VHF solution that will provide voice communications to all aircraft operating in Uruguay, says the company.

Park Air Systems was appointed by the prime contractor INDRA to deliver the radio solution which will be coupled to INDRA’s IP-based voice switch.

Uruguay is the first country to offer a countrywide IP system based on internationally agreed standards that address the safety-critical area of air traffic control communications. In total, 86 radios have been provided across eight sites including Carrasco, Colonia, Cardona, Salto, Tacuarembo, Melo, Santa Clara and San Antonio and all have been operational for several weeks.

The global standards for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) for air traffic management, ED-137, have been developed by the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) Working Group 67, of which Park Air Systems has been a member since its establishment.

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