System-wide information management

Enabling the management of ATM related information and its exchange between qualified parties via interoperable services.

The System Wide Information Management (SWIM) concept consists of standards, infrastructure and governance enabling the management of ATM related information and its exchange between qualified parties via interoperable services (ICAO Doc.10039).

SWIM enables seamless information access and interchange between all providers and users of ATM information and services. It takes information management business practices from the ICT sector, such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and the use of open standards and web technologies, and it applies them to ATM.

The SOA approach ensures the availability of interoperable, reusable and user-driven information services. The use of open standards and main-stream web technologies reduces the costs of interoperability and makes the aviation data market more competitive, allowing users to choose a provider without a major impact on their systems.

At EUROCONTROL, we support the development and implementation of SWIM in relation to:

  • information services
  • information and technical infrastructure
  • developing standards and supporting material
  • governance
  • civil-military cooperation

Our work on SWIM at ICAO/IMP

We offer our expertise to the ICAO Information Management Panel (IMP) and we support ICAO’s work on elaborating provisions and guidance material for the global application of SWIM, in close coordination with our Member States and with other European stakeholder organisations including the European Commission (EC), the European Union Safety Agency (EASA), the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) and the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM).

SWIM research

In the framework of the SESAR 2020 programme, EUROCONTROL contributes to research projects focused on industry - related aspects of SWIM. In particular, we contribute to research on air-to-ground information exchanges and on dynamic interactions between operational systems and a registry.

As a civil-military organisation, we also contribute to ground-to-ground civil military information-sharing projects, incorporating military requirements for SWIM-based information exchanges.

Support to SWIM deployment

As part of our industry-wide deployment efforts, we have taken steps to further specify the common standards for SWIM in Europe, in line with the ICAO SWIM Concept and with research carried out through the SESAR 1 research programme. We published and are continuously updating three SWIM specifications. Our review process ensures that these remain relevant to our stakeholders and are in line with the most rent trends in information management. These specifications also contain supporting material and information management artefacts, such as the ATM Information Reference Model (AIRM).

Support materials on SWIM

We have set up an online collaborative space where our stakeholders can find support materials related to the EUROCONTROL SWIM specifications.

The content available here is produced by the SWIM specifications communities of interest. If you would like to become a member, please submit a request via the contact form on this page.

SWIM material highlights

SWIM governance

SWIM governance mechanisms consist of policies and guidance for aviation actors, including military stakeholders, which ensure the harmonisation of SWIM practices.

EUROCONTROL is a partner in the INEA funded European SWIM Governance Implementation project, led by the French Direction des Services de la Navigation Aérienne DSNA), and contributes to the ICAO governance structure on a global level.

Military adherence to SWIM

Military participation in SWIM governance structures is vital.

Recurring stakeholder and military questions on the emergence of SWIM require a guarantee that consumed/published information respects the relevant formats and quality of service levels. This includes not only the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information but also of attributes such as quality, liability and validity. Other issues include technical connectivity challenges as well as security and management/governance processes.

These questions must be addressed through an adequate level of military and stakeholder awareness on SWIM matters. Closer coordination of SWIM developments with military organisations is a must and relevant requirements, associated with information exchange needs supporting Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Air Defence, will be covered by SWIM-related research and deployment and standardisation initiatives.