German air navigation service provider DFS has conducted large-scale simulations of a new high-performance flight path monitoring system called the Controller Assistance Tool (CATO).
In the simulations, controllers “were able to control up to 20 percent more traffic” with CATO, paving the way for increased airspace capacity, DFS announced on 13 September.
DFS began development of CATO in 2011, working with German software firm GLVI with funding from the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme. The tool is based on bespoke software algorithms, developed for DFS by GLVI, which deliver real-time conflict detection and resolution. CATO also enables immediate notification of conflict-free flight levels and headings.
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