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Air Traffic Control &
Airport Command Centres

KVM Extension/Data Visualisation Technology Solutions

Black Box designs, sources and implements high-performance solutions for the most demanding Air Traffic Control Centres and Airport network applications. Our KVM (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) and Professional AV solutions help coordinating flight departures and arrivals and control overflying traffic which requires high operational safety and reliability of all IT systems. All of it with the focus on increasing operational efficiency, providing centralised management, and reducing manpower demands.

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Our tailored technology solutions are ideal for:

  • Centralised network monitoring, multi-networked device configuration, preventative monitoring, and event reporting in order to minimise downtime and enable a faster response to mission-critical events
  • Redundant and fall-back systems for predictive maintenance
  • Full and instant access to remote computers and video sources to be able to work without computers present at the air traffic and airport control centres
  • Controlling multiple computers to help improve workspace ergonomics, reducing desktop clutter, noise, and heat
  • Multi-user collaborative workflows, connecting multiple operators to multiple computers with real-time, pixel-perfect video performance

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Air Traffic & Ground Traffic Control Monitoring


Air Traffic / Ground Traffic Control Monitoring

Real-time ATC data distribution from take-off to landing is crucial for safe air operations. For this to happen, air traffic controllers usually follow regular patterns and develop routine scans, gathering information in a structured and consistent manner from various screens. Due to large data volumes processed by multiple PCs and servers, employees face challenges in focusing on their work as they might get distracted by fan noise and heat emission.

KVM technology allows any air traffic controller to access multiple computers through one single set of keyboard/video/mouse, committing to a safer environment with increased operational efficiency and enhanced situational awareness. In addition to increasing operator´s working ergonomics, KVM end-to-end systems securely transmit uncompressed video (pixel by pixel, no dropped frames) and peripheral signals over distances up to 80 kilometres, which can help ATC organisations to securely locate critical computing assets away from user desktops. KVM frees up space in the control room while keeping the environment undisturbed by computer emissions such as heat and noise, isolating all computing resources in a climate-controlled, secure server room. This allows controllers to focus on executing their demanding tasks without any interruptions.

Air Traffic Control System Applications Include:

Remote Air Traffic Control /
Remote Tower

Remote Air Traffic Control / Remote Tower

Managing runway / ground traffic from a virtual / remote tower is a revolutionary approach that adds to the situational awareness of air traffic controllers and increases flight safety. Black Box's IP-based KVM solutions and wireless camera networks allow air traffic controllers to:

  • Gain immediate real-time remote access to aviation control systems:
    Accessing computers remotely up to 80 kilometres away from the ATC tower.
  • Display ATC video and runway footage
    Camera footage can be forwarded digitally from the ATC control tower to an air traffic control centre to be displayed on video walls, in some cases trough a 360-degree view. Image monitoring can also be combined with other systems which the air traffic controllers use to manage the traffic, such as radar display, navigation aids and information about flight plans and weather conditions.

ATC Video Streaming
for Surveillance / Monitoring

ATC Video Streaming for Surveillance / Monitoring

As air traffic controllers and airport operators constantly monitor situations and processes, analysing data that needs instant response, fast processing of mission-critical data is crucial. It's important to help limit ATC operational risks, improve workflows, facilitating a centralised, large-scale visualisation setup for multiple team members. Our visualisation solutions help air traffic controllers and airport operators benefit from:

  • Event-driven visualisation with real-time situational awareness
    Visualise runway footage such as departure queues on a single video wall
  • Streamlining ATC footage in Air Traffic Control Centres
    Video recording and streaming with lossless compression, providing accuracy and dependability for ATCs, training & simulation, and command & control environments
  • Air traffic surveillance for automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast
    Allowing air traffic surveillance information that enables an aircraft to be accurately tracked via satellite navigation by air traffic controllers and pilots without the need for conventional radar. Surveillance information includes an aircraft's identification, altitude, velocity and heading.

Air Traffic Controller
Workstation Ergonomics

Air Traffic Controller Workstation Ergonomics

Air traffic controllers have to keep track of critical flight traffic information, such as location, identity and altitude of the airplanes. Therefore, the air traffic controller's working position (CWP) has to be set to support optimal concentration and workflow efficiency. These factors play a fundamental role for the control centre's infrastructure. Our KVM solutions enable operators to benefit from:

  • Removing heat, noise, CPU, and cables from the operator workspace
    KVM systems ensure that controllers and supervisors are able to access different, remote and distributed computers while meeting precise requirements regarding safety, redundancy, efficiency, productivity and cooling.
  • Customised preset configurations for multi-purpose visualisation

Airport Collaborative
Decision Making

Airport Collaborative Decision Making

KVM technology leverages content and equipment access where multiple computers can be accessed from one console. This provides air traffic controllers with a detailed overview of critical visual data and improves reaction times to critical events.

ATC Security
& Predictive Maintenance

ATC Security and Predictive Maintenance

KVM offers secure redundancy and fall-back systems with comprehensive, preventative monitoring for the unlikely event of a component failure, providing for maximum uptime (24/7) and high availability of all critical systems.

ATC Centralised Control

ATC  Centralised Control

Our solutions help to achieve more accurate take-off time predictions and enable Network Managers to make more precise calculations of network demand. This enhanced flow and capacity management will result in better ATFM slot allocation, improved compliance and a reduced number of missed slots.

Black Box KVM and Video Solutions for Air Traffic Control

InvisaPC™ KVM over IP

Signal Extension & Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

InvisaPC™ bridges the gap between IP-based KVM extension and switching and access to virtual machines. It provides remote access to physical or virtualised CPUs for real-time and high-bandwidth applications.

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Boxilla® Centralised KVM / AV manager

Network Command Centre

When connected within a KVM Matrix Switch, Boxilla allows centralised management of KVM and AV networks, establishing the perfect focal point for video and data distribution from remote servers to work places. Boxilla allows IT managers to centrally control and monitor network performance, define access rights, deploy new end points and much more.

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DKM 4K KVM Matrix Switch

Modular KVM Matrix Switching

KVM matrix switching and extension of numerous video signal formats with digital resolutions of up to 4K at 60 fps.

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Freedom II™ KM Switch

Extended Desktop Visualisation

With Freedom II KVM Switch, air traffic controllers can seamlessly switch between multiple computers with a single mouse, creating a multi-PC extended desktop experience.

Freedom II™ Flyer

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Radian™ Video Wall Processor

Event-Driven Visualisation

Use the Radian Video Wall Processor to create multiple small to massive video walls to visualise mission-critical information and to improve situational awareness, decision making, and response times in control rooms.

Radian™ Datasheet

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ControlBridge™

Room Control and Multi-System Automation

ControlBridge™ enables operators to trigger control room systems and room automation via an intuitive touch panel GUI or even mobile devices. Control signals via Ethernet or a serial connection to a video wall through the use of dynamic API commands or preset functions.

ControlBridge™ Flyer

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Airport Passenger Information / Airport Digital Signage


Airport Passenger Information / Airport Digital Signage

Airport terminal displays can be found throughout almost every airport worldwide and play a crucial role in displaying real-time flight departure and arrival information to passengers. Depending on the size of the airport or station, there may be several sets of information display systems, sometimes for multiple terminals/platforms or for different operators.

Our solutions help distribute and display this video data on several digital signage displays through a centralised content management system. Like this, it's possible to simultaneously deliver real-time information to passengers through displays located hundreds of metres away from any content player or source PC.

Our Digital Signage technology solutions deliver:

  • Real-time Passenger Information System Visualisation
    Location-based information, such as flight arrival times, changes to service, delays or service stoppage, and corporate information, improving passenger experience
  • Airport Digital Signage Advertising
    Display advertising messaging across various locations in an airport

Black Box Airport Passenger Information Systems & Airport Digital Signage AV Solutions

MediaCento™ AV over IP streaming

Airport Passenger Information Systems Visualisation

MediaCento™ allows 4K video signal extension / distribution to several displays from one or more sources from which the flight data information originates.

MediaCento™ Flyer

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H.264 encoders and decoders

Redundant Video over IP Streaming

Encode video signals from any digital signage player and distribute them over IP networks to a large number of screens. The signals can even be transmitted to a display, a video wall and a digital signage system all at the same time.

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Decoders Manual

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Baggage Handling


Baggage Handling

One of the most routinal services of an airport consists of screening, unloading, sorting, storing, transporting and loading baggage. All of which is processed and monitored in the baggage handling control room which is expected to deliver a reliable service. For baggage controllers this can become a hot and noisy operating environment with heat-emitting and very loud computers.

Our KVM solutions allow:

  • Safer controlled operational environment: Computers to be removed from the baggage room to a secure server room
  • Multi-computer access: Enable operators to access multiple computers from different user consoles
  • Ideal ergonomic conditions for controllers: With only one set of mouse and keyboard, operators can access all computers from one console.

Solutions for Baggage Handling

InvisaPC™ KVM over IP

Scalable Signal Extension & Switching

InvisaPC™ bridges the gap between IP-based KVM extension and switching and access to virtual machines. It provides remote access to physical or virtualised CPUs for real-time and high-bandwidth applications.

InvisaPC™ Datasheet

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Agility IP-based KVM extension

High-Performance KVM-over-IP Extension

Extend AV signals over CATx or fibre with Agility transmitters and receivers. Agility enables you to do more and go further with pixel-perfect digital video over nearly unlimited distances within your TCP/IP network.

Agility Flyer

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Case Studies


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White Paper
KVM Technology For Control Rooms and Operations Centres

White Paper: KVM Technology For Control Rooms and Operations Centres

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Brochure
Control Room Solutions

Brochure: Control Room Solutions

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Webinar
IP or Not IP

Webinar: IP or not IP

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