iNM

Integrated network management

Designing the next generation of network management operational systems.

The EUROCONTROL Network Manager (NM) is embarking on a digital transformation journey to replace its core legacy systems which have successfully ensured flow and network management for over 25 years.

The ten-year iNM project envisages by 2029 the incremental renewal of all the NM’s main operational systems, resulting in a new digital architecture that will harness the power of innovation and enable NM to deliver ever more integrated business services and products to its stakeholders.

Business case

NM’s current operational systems have for over 25 years enabled EUROCONTROL to manage successfully the European network, displaying in that time unparalleled reliability and resilience. However, they are now reaching their technical limits in terms of performance and agility, at a time of ever-growing business challenges in terms of new business capabilities, emerging regulatory requirements, and technological evolutions.

iNM will call on the industry to develop solutions in close partnership with EUROCONTROL and its partners, resulting in a scalable solution that meets NM’s performance requirements for decades to come.

At the heart of iNM will be advanced capabilities and new services that support the evolution of operational concepts over the next decade and beyond, encompassing:

  • enterprise architecture;
  • agile development;
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning;
  • big data and data analytics;
  • probability modelling;
  • predictive analysis;
  • cloud solutions;
  • scalable systems;
  • cyber resilience.

iNM will enable NM to transform its business services, resulting in three key deliverables:

  • a single Flight Manager system that seamlessly manages both flight and flow domains;
  • a unique dynamic Airspace System that eliminates overlaps and inconsistencies between legacy systems and databases;
  • one API for internal and external Human Machine Interfaces.

Timeline

  • September 2019
    iNM project charter developed
  • December 2019
    iNM approved in 2019 by EUROCONTROL’s Member States, following the successful renomination by the European Commission of EUROCONTROL as the Network Manager for a further decade earlier in 2019
  • January 2020
    Issuance of a Call for Tender calling on IT partners capable of delivering the next generation of digital solutions
  • December 2020
    Target date for selection of iNM contractors
  • March 2021
    Target date for signing of iNM contracts
  • 2022
    Pilot to demonstrate successful interfacing with legacy systems
  • Winter 2023/2024
    First operational components come online
  • 2024-2029
    Full switch from legacy systems to new iNM system