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  • January 24, 2014

Air Traffic Standards Award for Barco Orthogon with NetBeans

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

In the air traffic management (ATM) domain, System Wide Information Management (SWIM) is a new open standard-based information infrastructure which will connect all ATM stakeholders, aircraft as well as all ground facilities. In the recently held annual SWIM innovation contest, where innovations in software related to this domain are highlighted, Barco Orthogon won the top prize, in one of the two categories, namely "applications", with a NetBeans Platform solution.

So, here we have one of the leaders in the standards-oriented air traffic management domain heavily using Java as its language, the NetBeans Platform as its application framework, and NetBeans IDE as its development environment. 

Below you can see part of the solution that won Barco Orthogon the prize, i.e., these are screenshots of Barco Orthogon's ODS Open Platform based solutions, which in turn are based on the NetBeans Platform. The images demonstrate the effect of two different sets of color resources, one for a "day view" and the other a "night view". Barco Orthogon won for the enhancements it constructed on top of the SWIM standards. For example, the connecting lines in the timeline view between the flight strips and the time scales have different colors because they indicate a status of the arrival sequence planning to the air traffic controller. In the night view, blue means "pre-sequenced" (preliminarily planned), white is "free" to be changed by the controller, while grey is "frozen", that is, in the very last phase of approach, and cannot be changed any more.

Great work, Barco Orthogon team!

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