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AZANS to implement Eurasia-Europe aeronautical data digital backbone

AZANS and HungaroControl strengthen cooperation to develop the Eurasia-Europe corridor to enhance regional connectivity and service resilience


An agreement between the Director of AZANS, Farhan Guliyev, and the Chief Executive Officer of HungaroControl, Kornél Szepessy on the implementation of Eurasia-Europe digital backbone for the exchange and storage of aeronautical data was signed at the 2019 Dubai Airshow. The agreement is the result of a fruitful cooperation between AZANS and HungaroControl, which is aimed at the active development of air navigation and the introduction of innovative technologies in Azerbaijan.

The air traffic management (ATM) sector is currently in the midst of a technology revolution that has been spurred by the ever-increasing challenge to meet growing air transport demand, and counter the emergence of drone operations. AZANS and HungaroControl have already reached significant milestones on their digital transformation journeys, especially in the areas of digital towers and unmanned aerial vehicle management. However on the on the back of the Digital Transformation Conference held during October 2019 in Baku, both organisations recognised that data will continue to be the foundation of this technology revolution. Therefore, there is an inherent need for a greater enablement of data exchange and digitalization globally.

 “In order to ensure the seamless exchange of information between the systems and successful digitalization process, as well as to link geographically separated and unrelated databases, it is necessary to create a fully aggregated EU-Eurasia digital database,” said Farhan Guliyev, the Director of “Azeraeronavigation” Air Traffic Department.

Kornél Szepessy, CEO of HungaroControl said “In the world of increased digital threats, it is highly important to protect our valuable asset: the huge amount of data that is being produced in ATM. This collaboration will further improve data exchange and security for all operational stakeholders”.

The cooperation has the objective of defining the basic framework and data-driven infrastructure environment of a digital backbone concept for a future implementation, specifically between Europe and Greater Eurasia. Conceptually comparable to the Single European Sky Digital Backbone (SDB) and its sub-components, this regional backbone will serve as a platform for data exchange and future service development. The strategic aim is to enable safe and secured exchange of mission-critical ATM data that contributes to greater seamlessness and interoperability between Europe and Greater Eurasia. Furthermore, the increased linkage of geographically separated and disaggregated data sources will provide the foundation for future work that leverages advanced intelligence solutions to improve ATM performance.