System Wide Information Management (SWIM)

The concept of SWIM – System Wide Information Management - covers a complete change in paradigm of how information is managed along its full lifecycle and across the whole European ATM system.

The implementation of the SWIM concept will enable direct ATM business benefits to be generated by assuring the provision of commonly understood quality information delivered to the right people at the right time. Given the transversal nature of SWIM which is to go across all ATM systems, data domains, and business trajectory phases (planning, execution, post-execution) and the wide range of ATM stakeholders, it is not expected that one solution and certainly not one single technology will fit all. Nevertheless it is recognised that global interoperability and standardisation are essential and SWIM is expected to be an important driver for new and updated standards. SWIM will be based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and open and standard mainstream technologies.

Who needs to share information?

  • Pilots – taking off, navigating and landing the aircraft
  • Airport Operations Centres –managing departures, surface movements, gates and arrivals
  • Airline Operations Centres – building schedules, planning flight routings and fuel uplift, ensuring passenger connections and minimizing the impact of delays
  • Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) –organising and managing the airspace over a country and with Air Traffic Services – managing air traffic passing through their airspace
  • Meteorology Service Providers – providing weather reports and forecasts
  • Military Operations Centres – planning missions, blocking airspace to conduct training operations, fulfilling national security tasks

What kind of information needs to be shared?

  • Aeronautical - Information resulting from the assembly, analysis and formatting of aeronautical data
  • Flight trajectory – the detailed route of the aircraft defined in four dimensions (4D), so that the position of the aircraft is also defined with respect to the time component.
  • Aerodrome operations – the status of different aspects of the airport, including approaches, runways, taxiways, gate and aircraft turn-around information.
  • Meteorological – information on the past, current and future state of earth's atmosphere relevant for air traffic'.
  • Air traffic flow – the network management information necessary to understand the overall air traffic and air traffic services situation.
  • Surveillance – positioning information from radar, satellite navigation systems, aircraft datalinks, etc.
  • Capacity and demand – information on the airspace users needs of services, access to airspace and airports and the aircraft already using it.