The power of a tower in a mobile case was just a pipe dream for the Austrian military until Frequentis (Stand F8, Hall 5), manufacturer of voice communication systems (VCS), produced the Milbox.

Shockproof and waterproof, the portable VCS box is easily transported through rough terrain and includes a switch and operator position as well as a handset, headset, microphone and loudspeaker.

"We have designed military systems before, but this is the first portable VCS we have made," says sales engineer Abdo Al-Zaher. "It can be used to radio planes and as a telephone."

Alongside providing innovative equipment for the military, Frequentis also hopes to revolutionise air traffic control in France:

"Working in partnership with France's Centre d'Etudes de la Navigation Aerienne and Eurocontrol, we have developed a prototype which can make paper strips a thing of the past for controllers," he says.


The system, made with state-of-the-art technology, shows each strip in computer format and each is adaptable via touch-screen technology.

"This makes it extremely ergonomic and means that operators do not need extensive training. All of the systems in each tower will be networked so that information can be passed between them as the aircraft move in and out of zones."

Source: Flight Daily News