ADS-B is a Surveillance technique that relies on aircraft or airport vehicles broadcasting their identity, position and other information derived from on board systems (GNSS etc.). This signal (ADS-B Out) can be captured for surveillance purposes on the ground (ADS-B Out) or on board other aircraft in order to facilitate airborne traffic situational awareness, spacing, separation and self-separation (ADS-B In).
ADS-B is automatic because no external stimulus is required; it is dependent because it relies on on-board systems to provide surveillance information to other parties. Finally, the data is broadcast, the originating source has no knowledge of who receives the data and there is no interrogation or two-way contract.
At EUROCONTROL, our ADS-B activity supports our stakeholders in a comprehensive end-to-end approach (incl. operational, technical, planning and business aspects).
We address ground, airborne and space-based ADS-B aspects in all lifecycle phases from research and development, through implementation to operations and post-ops.
We work closely with all our stakeholders to ensure that the ADS-B benefits and performance improvements for the European ATM Network will be fully realised in an efficient and timely manner.
We aim at global interoperability through a close cooperation with organisations worldwide.