Graffica delivers leading edge ASM solutions using the Graffica GSDK platform.
Graffica is responsible for the development of the Local and Sub-Regional Airspace Management support system, LARA, for EUROCONTROL. This is a key Airspace Management tool owned by EUROCONTROL and designed to improve the efficiency of airspace usage throughout Europe. The aim of the project is to maximise the shared use of airspace through enhanced civil-military coordination on a national and international basis.
The LARA system, developed on contract for EUROCONTROL, is constructed on the GSDK architectural foundation, which provides a service based middleware and graphics architecture.
LARA supports the concept of the Flexible Use of Airspace (FUA) whereby airspace is no longer designated as "civil" or "military" airspace, but instead can be considered as a single body which can be allocated according to user requirements. This flexible approach to airspace usage allows for:
- An increase in the number of aircraft that can safely be in the air at the same time
- A reduction in the distance that aircraft have to fly to reach their destinations, leading to reductions in overall journey times, pollution and costs
The ASM platform allows airspace authorities to share information and enables negotiation between authorities to ensure efficient use of airspace. This offers an airspace management product that integrates civil and military airspace requirements, and manages airspace by generating NOTAM and airspace activation messages.
These can be utilised by Air Traffic Control centres to enhance flight planning processes to take advantage of available airspace. The system is safety critical and has a requirement to operate 24/7 and has achieved a software assurance level of SWAL 3.