• SJU reference # PJ.16-04-01 /Release 2019
  • Stakeholders
  • Benefits Cost-efficiency
    Operational efficiency
  • Status Available for industrialisation/deployment

Despite different concepts of operations across Europe, all Air Traffic Controllers must at some point input data into their systems to maintain an up to date picture of the air traffic situation. In many cases this could be as simple as entering the last cleared flight level or speed orders given to an aircraft. It could be giving a ‘direct to’ order in response to an aircraft’s request to re-route slightly.

But increasingly, Radar technologies are built with more complex and sophisticated tools to help support decision making and allow for controllers to move more traffic at reduced separations. The data input mechanisms for these tools – whether they are electronic coordinations with other sectors or probing and decision support tools can be cumbersome using traditional input methods like mouse clicks or keyboard strokes.

The rise of multi-touch technology such as tablets or smart phones has heralded a new form of data input technologies which are now becoming second nature to, and in some cases preferred to traditional input methods. This technology has been demonstrated to provide much faster input methods including methods such as ‘one-touch’ cleared flight levels or graphical routing via touch opportunities. The technology also allows for the exploitation of even more complex and useful tools such as map manipulation directly via touch inspired by mobile mapping apps and gestures recognition for tactical inputs in order to enhance usability and controller productivity.

Touch technology already exists in some forms across a few domains in ATC, however multitouch will be able to be deployed into all domains, expanding the capabilities of particularly the Approach and En-Route environments.

SJU references: #PJ.16-04-01 / Wave 2


  • Increased operational and cost efficiency
  • Enhanced security