Cambridge, UK, 7th February 2006. Laser-Scan is delighted to announce the further extension of its Air Mapping and Charting user community, following the purchase of the award winning Aeronautical Production System (APS) by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
With over 2500 customers and the desire to increase the number of products it delivers, the RAAF sought an application suite that would allow its existing team in Melbourne to meet this objective. Laser-Scan’s APS suite delivers this capability through a number of Air Charting technology breakthroughs based on Laser-Scan’s object orientated Gothic database: –
· Temporal updates
Innovative temporal functionality allows amendments to be made to the database at any time, regardless of the amendment’s activation date. This major breakthrough in the aeronautical chart production process allows air cartographers to make continual updates beyond the current work cycle, reducing peaks and troughs in their workload.
· Ensuring data quality
The APS is the first system to fully implement Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF) rules. Data can be amended using a suite of bespoke, purpose built user interfaces. As each amendment is committed it is automatically validated against the rules. Any invalid data will be rejected, thereby guaranteeing excellent data quality that is essential for flight safety.
· Single continuous database
Laser-Scan’s advanced technology models the globe within a single geographical dataset. This allows aeronautical features to cross the International Date Line, plus the North and South Poles.
· Intelligent charts
Intelligent map features recognise how to display themselves when interacting with other features, e.g. air space boundaries use different styles of representation depending on whether or not they share a boundary segment with another feature. This intelligence is achieved through Laser-Scan’s combination of attribution and flexible technology.
No. 1 AIDU, Royal Air Force (RAF) UK played a vital role in the RAAF’s decision to invest in the APS. No. 1 AIDU demonstrated the benefits that the APS has brought to them since operational commissioning has taken place, which include increases in efficiency and the reduction in production time of a new chart from 2 weeks to 8 minutes.
Wing Commander Vic Lewkowski, officer commanding the RAAF Aerospace Operational Support Group said:
“The opportunity for RAAF AIS to co-develop a military-focused aeronautical management system with No. 1 AIDU is a significant step forward in the management and sharing of flight-critical information for both agencies. Laser-Scan’s award-winning Gothic object-orientated spatial data management framework will play a central role in tailoring a leading edge solution, that will enable both nations’ military aviators to exploit aeronautical data in ways that have never before been possible.”
Wing Commander Gary Barber, No. 1 AIDU RAF, commented:
“We are exceptionally pleased that RAAF AIS have adopted the APS developed by Laser-Scan. The installation of the system in Melbourne is a significant stage of a relationship that will encompass co-production and a collaborative approach to further development. We are delighted that the co-operation between government and commercial organisations is contributing to the success of this international project.”
Michael Sanderson, Laser-Scan’s CEO commented:
“We have worked diligently with No. 1 AIDU to deliver a new generation application that separates the data from the production of products. As a consequence the RAF has been instrumental in demonstrating the benefits of the new approach to the RAAF. An Australian independent consultant advising the RAAF stated that he had not seen a GIS application as advanced as APS during his work in the defence sector. To Laser-Scan this is an exciting extension of our partnering strategy and is testament to the close working relationship developed with the RAF over more than 15 years.”
Laser-Scan delivers world-class, innovative business solutions for geographic information. Our technology is the result of over 35 years experience in the development of market-leading database products. Laser-Scan offers a new approach to exploiting location data in enterprise information architectures.