Luciad technology selected for surveillance data visualization in next-generation EUROCONTROL SASS-C application

          Thales Security Solutions & Services relies on LuciadMap to build the SASS-C graphical user interface

Leuven, June 11, 2009 - Luciad, the leading software provider for high performance visualization of situational awareness applications in Aviation and Defense, has been selected by EUROCONTROL and Thales Security Solutions & Services to provide the software components for the graphical user interface prototype of the next-generation SASS-C system. SASS-C (Surveillance Analysis Support System for air traffic control Centre) is a performance assessment system of surveillance infrastructures.

SASS-C provides standardized methods and tools for the analysis and evaluation of trackers and sensors. The system has been commonly developed for the EUROCONTROL member states and is widely distributed to civil and military Air Navigation Service Providers, R&D organizations and industrial partners.

The latest version of the SASS-C (V7) system replaces the old monolithic structure of the system by a series of interoperable functional software suites: MAS (Multi-Source Acquisition Suite), TRES (Trajectory Reconstruction and Evaluation Suite), SMART (Simulator for Multi-radar Analysis from Realistic Traffic) and SCAS/CAPT (Surveillance Coverage Analysis Suite/Coverage Analysis and Planning Tool). These suites are interoperable in terms of functionality and data formats and use a multi-purpose common repository for data sharing integration and harmonization.

EUROCONTROL together with its industrial partner Thales Security Solutions & Services selected LuciadMap to build the visualization component that comprises the sharing and harmonization of the system’s graphical user interfaces.

The LuciadMap-based ergonomic user interface is set to enable SASS-C users to handle and visualize data coming from multiple dynamic surveillance systems. LuciadMap delivers the core geometries and attributes for displaying AIS (Aeronautical Information Services) data in the background of geographical displays such as for instance coast lines, national borders, airports, runways and NAVAIDS.

The future implementation of the LuciadMap Terrain Analysis capability in the SCAS/CAPT Suite will make it possible for users to study the effect of terrain obstruction on the radar’s performance, to optimize the use of existing radars, and to plan the installation of new radars.

“One of the main challenges is the large amount of data that SASS-C has to process”, said Mr. Emmanuel Voet, SASS-C project manager at EUROCONTROL. “LuciadMap has the capability to combine geographic data from a wide variety of sources and formats into one coherent view and offers the possibility to easily access this information. In the past, the product already successfully demonstrated its general suitability to Air Traffic Management, and Surveillance in particular, thanks to its participation in the EUROCONTROL CAPT project.”

“We are happy to see EUROCONTROL and its partner Thales Security Solutions & Services benefit from the flexibility of the LuciadMap technology to build a customized high-end visualization component that takes the performance assessment of surveillance infrastructures to the next level”, said Mr. Lode Missiaen, CEO from Luciad. “The SASS-C system has become the standard within ECAC states and will be distributed even outside this region. Being selected as a key technology supplier for this large-scale project is a further validation of LuciadMap as the class leading tool for the Aviation industry.”

About Luciad

Luciad provides software solutions for high performance visualization of Situational Awareness applications. Luciad’s software components are the building blocks for mission-critical ATC/ATM and Command and Control systems.

Luciad’s core product is LuciadMap, a software solution that system integrators and original equipment manufactures can easily integrate into their existing systems. LuciadMap provides support for achieving high situational awareness by handling large numbers of static and moving data on top of geographical information, including maps, satellite imagery, and terrain elevation in many different formats and references.

LuciadEarthTM represents a high performance, tile-based visualization engine for virtually unlimited datasets in C2 environments and enables instant raster and vector data fusion at any scale.

Luciad also offers an end-user product, based on LuciadMap’s technology: ATCPlayback, a viewing capability to play back, review, and analyze simulated or recorded air traffic data. It is a powerful, user-friendly suite that graphically replays and intuitively analyzes ATC simulation results by enabling users to interactively refine the analysis process and graphically visualize the results.

Luciad’s international customer base includes EUROCONTROL, FAA, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, NATO, Saab, Belgocontrol, NLR, DGAC, DFS, LVNL, NATS, SAIC, Thales, EADS, AENA, Skyguide, NavCanada and ENAV.


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