MANNATS has been selected by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as a finalist in the Navigation and Surveillance Communications; Transport; and Intelligent Systems categories in recognition of the XMAN cross-border arrivals management project designed to reduce aircraft holding times at Heathrow Airport – for which Snowflake’s GO Publisher has been used to enable the cross border exchange of AIM data.

As part of the XMAN solution, the Snowflake team implemented our GO Publisher data exchange technology into the NATS operational environment, enabling the use of open standards to exchange arrival sequence data much earlier to adjacent control centers. In doing so, the XMAN trial hopes to demonstrate that operational decisions could be made earlier, slowing aircraft en-route and therefore limiting the amount of time spent in stack holding on arrival. The ultimate aim of the XMAN trial is to reduce average holding times at Heathrow by at least a quarter from the current time of just under 8 minutes.

“To be chosen as a finalist by such a prestigious organisation as the Institute of Engineering and Technology is a fantastic achievement. It is testament to the strength of the collaboration between air traffic controllers, engineers and our excellent suppliers, including Southampton based Snowflake Software and Excelis.” commented Martin Rolfe, Managing Director, Operations at NATS.

“We are proud to see the results of a strong working relationship between the Snowflake and NATS engineering teams, which began with the SWIM Masterclass 2013, and other partners recognized by the IET. The XMAN cross-border arrivals management project is a real example of industry collaboration providing tangible benefits in the form of environmental and economic savings.” concluded Alexis Brooker, Director of Professional Services at Snowflake.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Awards recognize excellence across 16 categories from sustainability and transport to communications and healthcare technologies. The free-to-enter, international, annual awards scheme provides a unique opportunity for engineering inventors to showcase their brightest ideas.

The winner in each category will be announced at a ceremony which will take place in London on 19 November 2014.