CSC Completes Second Phase of Modernizing the FAA’s Traffic Flow Management System
FALLS CHUCH, Va. – CSC (NYSE: CSC) announced today that it has successfully completed the second modernization phase of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS), which tracks, anticipates and manages the flow of air traffic throughout U.S. airspace.
CSC first announced this performance-based contract in 2004. The agreement included three base years and four two-year options with an estimated total value of $589 million.
Phase one involved the FAA establishing all modernized interfaces for the TFMS. Under phase two, CSC installed new hardware and developed new software to manage these modern interfaces. The new system, which integrates real-time weather and flight data from multiple sources, provides centralized communications, enhanced security, initial relational database constructs and centralized system management. To ensure a smooth transition to this phase, air traffic management controllers successfully tested the system in an operational environment before it was installed and activated across the country this summer.
“The FAA is pleased with the progress CSC is making to meet future air traffic demands with our Traffic Flow Management System,” said Mike Gough, Director of System Operations Programs for the FAA. “Ultimately, this updated system will contribute to the reduction in flight delays and decrease in cost for the flying public and the airlines.”
As part of phase two, CSC also installed the System Management Console (SMC), which provides a 24 x 7 help desk and maintenance support capability for the operational system. SMC operators respond to calls from FAA TFMS sites, airline users and aviation industry personnel when problems are detected or support is needed.
“Through the FAA and CSC’s extraordinary teamwork, we have successfully supported the administration’s mission to provide the safest, most efficient aerospace system in the world,” said Tom Anderson, president of CSC’s North American Public Sector Civil Division. “We are pleased that our technical expertise and aviation experience has ensured a smooth modernization of the Traffic Flow Management System to date, and we look forward to completing this significant advancement to meet future air traffic demands.”
Under the third phase of the modernization, to be completed August 2009, CSC will replace and modernize the core application software to meet increased demand for National Air Space (NAS) resources. The new system will enhance information sharing between commercial aviation system users as well as improve system-wide cooperation and collaborative planning, decision-making and congestion management.
The TFMS modernization supports the larger aviation industry transformation, known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), which addresses the impact of air traffic growth by increasing NAS capacity and efficiency while simultaneously improving safety, environmental impacts and user access to NAS.
CSC has supported the FAA with Air Traffic Management system development and integration since 1978 when the company helped develop the agency’s original traffic management system. The system, which analyses all flight plans, weather information and past history to determine potential future traffic problems, provides strategic planning capabilities for traffic flow management controllers. Since the early 1990s, CSC has been providing a broad range of information technology (IT) services to the FAA, including system design, implementation and integration of hardware and software.
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