System Wide Information Management (SWIM)

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The New Era of Data Sharing

The network-centric, information-sharing capabilities afforded by System Wide Information Management (SWIM) are essential to transforming the aviation community. The Harris Data Exchange (DEX) is a packaged messaging solution based on Service-Oriented Architecture, using COTS or open-source technologies. DEX facilitates this new airspace management paradigm by providing SWIM core services for on-ramping, exchanging, and managing air traffic information in a secure and reliable manner. It is network agnostic and can work anywhere, providing a practical, low-cost path to seamlessly integrate with existing air traffic control systems and offers flexibility as new capabilities emerge. The result is a secure information-sharing cloud platform that provides the common tools and application programs needed for air traffic management.

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What are the benefits?

  • Promotes collaborative airspace management: Critical data can be shared easily—yet securely—among different user communities
  • Network agnostic: Can be inserted into any existing network
  • SWIM enabler: Provides many of the core services required to implement SWIM
  • Works at the logic layer: Eliminates cumbersome point-to-point connections
  • Consolidated administration: Consistent application of security and governance policies
  • Proven Solution: Currently supports the FAA’s NEMS network-centric data distribution system
  • Scalable deployment for any budget

Working with the FAA

Harris, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has established a network-centric deployment for SWIM within the NAS Enterprise Messaging Service (NEMS). NEMS combines hardware and software into a flexible, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to create a secure, network-centric information exchange. The NEMS infrastructure provides the FAA with an enterprise-wide, shared utility service for information exchange while featuring real-time weather, flight planning, traffic flow management and surveillance aviation products such as airport surface surveillance, surveillance radar, Special Use Airspace/Special Activity Airspace, NOTAMs, PIREPs, METARs, NEXRAD, weather forecast models, satellite imagery,
and more.

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The Solution for Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) Around the Globe

DEX serves as a pathway to global interoperability by enabling many of the core services required by System Wide Information Management (SWIM), the architectural foundation for collaboration and enhanced situational awareness. Exciting challenges are ahead as we move toward the Globally Interoperable Systems and Data model envisioned in International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Aviation System Block Upgrades (ASBU).  Reaching this goal means addressing the limitations inherent in much of today’s air traffic management model, which runs on legacy systems that can be workload intensive and deliver products only to a restricted set of users. These point-to-point networks also are bound by proprietary protocols and data transport formats.

All of this poses a significant challenge to modernization and information sharing—precursors to the Globally Interoperable Systems and Data envisioned in ICAO’s ASBU.

The Harris Data Exchange (DEX) offers a compelling solution to this dilemma. DEX serves as a pathway to global interoperability by enabling many of the core services required by System Wide Information Management (SWIM), the architectural foundation for collaboration and enhanced situational awareness. 

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