ARTAS makes use of proven multi-sensor tracking technology to deliver an outstanding level of accuracy and reliability using PSR, SSR, Mode-S, WAM and ADS-B (both Terrestrial & Space-Based) surveillance sources to build an accurate Air Situation Picture for Air Traffic Control & Management purposes.
What differentiates ARTAS from any other SDPDs is the overall concept of a distributed system, consisting of an assembly of identical units that can all coordinate together and act as one region-wide integrated surveillance system.
In addition to this, ARTAS is a one-fits-all solution for EUROCONTROL Member States Organisations (EMSO), flexible enough to fulfil many operational needs.
By using the so-called Tracker Tuning Areas, it is possible to apply a dedicated set of tracker parameters to a predefined airspace volume, enabling ARTAS to perform its tracking function according to specific operational service requirements.
The various surveillance sensors deliver their data flows to ARTAS through a Regional Surveillance WAN (Wide Area Network). Each ARTAS Unit processes surveillance data received from the Regional Surveillance WAN and acts as a server, through the EUROCONTROL Surveillance Data Distribution System (SDDS), providing continuous aircraft track data to the ATC units and other systems (e.g. safety-nets, military ATC units, flow management units, etc.) that are connected to the network.
The seamless integration of all units allows for the application of 5 NM separation minima throughout the covered area, including the transfers of traffic from one ATC unit to the following. 3 NM separation may also be applied, following an in-depth operational evaluation of the ARTAS behaviour in local environments.