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NAV CANADA Enhances ATM Technology Platform with RTI Connext

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Sept. 5, 2013—NAV CANADA today announced it has selected Real-Time Innovations (RTI) Connext™ Data Distribution Service (DDS) middleware to replace the first generation distribution architecture of its NAVCANtrac Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. The company began its investigation of technology options in April 2012 and the RTI solution, a modern, data-centric, standards-based next generation middleware platform, was selected following a successful implementation of the evaluation phase.

NAVCANtrac (in Canada, the Canadian Automated Air Traffic System or CAATS) provides advanced air traffic management, automating and integrating flight data from multiple sources.  Traffic can be viewed and managed over a very large national airspace using an advanced graphic display. Routine tasks such as flight plan generation, data communication, and sector coordination along with modern ATM decision support functionality allow controllers to more safely and efficiently manage the airspace in their jurisdiction.

The advanced processing capabilities of the RTI Connext DDS air traffic management and support system enhances the current level of automation and integration of flight data between NAV CANADA air traffic control facilities, multiple surveillance sources, and external systems. It will be used for internal system communications, as well as act as the interface to external system communications.

NAV CANADA's program of ongoing investment and in-house development of functional technology enhancements has now extended to all aspects of NAVCANtrac. As part of the evolution of the system's capability, the deployment of RTI Connext DDS will complete the replacement of the middleware software for NAVCANtrac, reducing the volume of application code, and provide a foundation for future technology enhancements.

"RTI Connext DDS was selected for its extensive compliance with the Object Management Group (OMG) DDS standard; its high security rating; its wide support of tools and programming languages, and its reputation for performance, scalability and 24/7 reliability," said Sid Koslow, Chief Technology Officer, NAV CANADA. "It is a good fit to support current and future software development for the NAVCANtrac distributed architecture.

"We are pleased that NAV CANADA has selected Connext DDS, said David Barnett, VP of Product Management at RTI. "It will ease transition of the currently operational and proven NAVCANtrac system to a more flexible, scalable and interoperable Open Architecture. This will accelerate the release of enhancements while reducing software development and integration costs."

With its 4-D flight trajectories, NAVCANtrac provides precise information about the current and future position of every aircraft through space and time, improving safety as well as flight predictability. In addition, NAVCANtrac makes full use of the latest surveillance fusion technology, displaying a seamless presentation of targets generated from a variety of surveillance sources. As a precursor to enhanced capacity, the system also offers a set of comprehensive Safety Net features, which provide controllers with additional tools to enhance safety and efficiency.


NAVCANatm, a division of NAV CANADA is a leading line of integrated air traffic management products, applications and services operationally deployed at over 80 sites worldwide for safe, efficient and cost-effective air traffic management (www.navcanatm.ca).

NAV CANADA is the private sector air navigation services provider, responsible for the safe and efficient movement of aircraft in Canada's domestic airspace and international airspace assigned to Canadian control.

About RTI

RTI is the real-time infrastructure software company.

RTI provides the messaging backbone for the world's most demanding real-time systems. RTI Connext™ enables applications – running on the smallest devices and the largest enterprise servers – to seamlessly share information and work together as one. Committed to open standards, open community source and open architecture, RTI provides the leading implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard.

Our customers are in aerospace and defense, process automation, financial services, energy, automotive, health sciences and transportation. RTI is privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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Year: 2013

Posted on September 5, 2013

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About RTI

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity company. 

The RTI Connext® databus is a software framework that shares information in real time, making applications work together as one, integrated system. RTI is the largest vendor of products based on the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service™ (DDS) standard. 

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