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Validation of iWXXM Formatted OPMET Messages

4 Mar , 2016,
Aleksandar Balaban
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We are very proud to announce that our award winning aeronautical data validator platform now fully supports the schematron business rules for validation of IWXXM formatted Operational aeronautical meteorological (OPMET) messages. At present, the IWXXM business rules we use for validation enforces compliance with lot of aspects of Annex 3 of Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation.

Validation of iWXXM Messages

Validation of iWXXM Messages

Concept proofing tests to validate IWXXM formatted OPMET messages had been successfully conducted and it is immediately available for all registered users. The real time validation of large IWXXM documents is possible thanks to the unique, optimized service architecture with fastest XML validator and schematron rule evaluation engine currently available in the aviation industry.

Aeronautical Data Validation Platform has numerous unique capabilities. Built on the results of research activities, it is aware of all modern aviation data formats and supports predefined and custom business rules. The users can perform quality assessments for any kind of aeronautical documents verifying their conformance to industry standards. Users can also create custom validations for the most diverse business cases, which now becomes true for the weather data, as well.

Don’t forget, the data validation ability is one of the most essential SWIM infrastructure features! Take advantages of SWIM technical infrastructure, test the data validation platform for free and check how it helps to ensure the highest possible data quality.

See the m-click.aero Validaton Platform in action. Meet us at World ATM Congress at stand #1163C

Contact: solutions@m-click.aero

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Roundtable ‘Where’s the Money? Disruptive Business Models in GIS and Aviation Industry’

3 Feb , 2016,
Aleksandar Balaban
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We are glad to announce that our aviation consultant Aleks Balaban is going to hold a short presentation regarding the business opportunities and disruptive business models and technologies in the geospatial industry with focus on the aviation sector. We are very excited to provide our point of view and exchange experiences with discussion participants.

Today we are witnessing tremendous development in the domain of ATM. After years of stagnation thanks to the modernisation programs and new telecommunication, network and web technologies aeronautical service providers, airlines and non aviation online business are all starting to collect, process and distribute the aeronautical, weather, flight and passenger information in order to monetise them.

During the last couple of years, the modernisation programs such as SESAR and NextGen have specified APIs, procedures and operational improvements primary in order to meet the strict ATM goals such as lower aeronautical service costs, capacity increase, and lower environment impact without carrying about innovative business outside of ATM domain. Still, as part of that programs the access to aviation data has partially been liberalised or for the first time even made possible. Thank to the open geospatial standards and APIs the large amounts of aviation data will soon be put in the public or private cloud based data silos and provided to application developers. The monetising potential is vey high considering the world wide amount of flights and passengers being more than one billion annually. Different business models which would utilise that information are thinkable. That are for example special ATM applications for flight optimisation, statistics, improved flight tracking, flight planning for airlines, business aviation and drones and probably the most important for online business – the marketing.

m-click.aero has currently been working on our own, brand new aviation cloud solutions, which for the first step shall include secured private access to the aviation data and cloud-based services for aeronautical traffic management, eventually expanding in other areas of aviation business such as the commercial aviation, cargo, airport operations and others.

OGC Testbed-12 Kick-Off Meeting

25 Jan , 2016,
Aleksandar Balaban
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ogc-logoTogether with some of the most renowned companies and organisations in the GIS and aviation sector the m-click.aero team has been chosen to contribute to the OGC Testbed-12 Aviation Thread, which has been kicked off last week in Washington D.C. and is planned to run until the end of the September 2016. We will be working together with Galdos Inc., Harris Corp., Snowflake, 52° North, Luciad and MIT to help to align the OGC standards and the requirements from aeronautical traffic management.

OGC Testbed-12 Aviation Thread Team

OGC Testbed-12 Aviation Thread Team

This year m-click.aero’s activities include several important engineering reports. As part of our editorial and contribution activities we are going to use experiences from SESAR SWIM and investigate the topics of cyber security and semantic enabled descriptions of aviation services. Both topics are very popular these days. Beside them, together with 52° North and Harris Corp. we will evaluate the importance of AMQP 1.0 messaging protocol in conjunction with JMS application interface standard, as well as the capabilities of the brand new OGC PubSub 1.0 standard regarding the asynchronous messaging and compatibility with SWIM communication requirements. Last but not least, on behalf of our sponsor EUROCONTROL we will continue with research on the aviation business rules encoding and evaluation using SBVR and Schematron. This task includes the investigation of applicability of SBVR syntax and semantic for advanced aviation use case scenarios, for example those related to aircraft capabilities and spatial aspects of aeronautical infrastructure. Our vision is to make SBVR an universal, platform independent language for constraints and rules description.

The most popular topic this year, where almost all partners will participate, concerns the long-time expected marriage between FIXM and GML. As readers may already know, current FIXM versions aren’t compatible with GML and therefore not applicable for OGC web services. Other issue addressed during the kick-off meeting was related to the highly desirable mix of FIXM and AIXM entities in aviation documents, which would be applicable, if both standards would be built on the same fundament, the GML standard. GML optimised data repositories with WFS querying capabilities like the m-click.aero WFS Service would also benefit from FIXM/GML. During one of earlier testbeds (TB 10) certain work has been done and an alternative FIXM schema was generated but the result wasn’t satisfactory due to quite large document payloads in comparison to equivalent, non-GML document versions. This year m-click.aero and our partners will continue the work and provide maximum effort to create the ultimately efficient GML compatible XML Schema for FIXIM without significant increase in the payload size. For demonstration purposes, we also plan to provide an extended version of our state of the art aviation data repository with simultaneous support for both AIXM and FIXM data. We all are looking forward for great collaborative work and expect Testbed-12 to become the most successful testbed aviation thread.

The OGC Testbed-12 Aviation Thread is again sponsored by EUROCONTROL and FAA.

SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015

13 Dec , 2015,
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SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015 Winners

SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015 Winners

We are very proud to share that m-click.aero was awarded second finalist in the category ATM services during the SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015 final event last week in Brussels. For the first time in the history of Master Class two prototypes have received equal number of votes, therefore the m-click.aero’s proposal shares second place with FlightAware. Congratulations to EUMETNET and Frequentis AG for the Best-in-Class award this year!

This Master Class was a big success for us considering the fact that our company is not directly involved in the SESAR program. In accordance with our attitude to push the envelope and regularly leave our comfort zone, we have competed with our brand new Aviation Data Validation Platform, a solution for data quality ensurement, which clearly went beyond standard SWIM enabled ATM applications and services.

m-click.aero Team at SESAR SWIM Master Class 2015

m-click.aero Team

Our Aviation Data Validation Platform has numerous unique capabilities. Built on the results of previous activities at Eurocontrol and during the OGC Testbeds 10 and 11, we put a lot of knowledge and technology together and proposed a cloud based aviation validation service aware of SWIM AIRM an ISRM data models and capable to deliver reports regarding aviation document’s SWIM compliance and logical consistency. On this validation platform (deployed either in cloud or on-premises) SWIM users can execute quality checks for any kind of aeronautical data verifying it against standard data models and validation rules. Users can also create custom validations for the most diverse business cases.

Our contribution demonstrates the real benefits when ATM service providers and consumers met up in the SWIM technical infrastructure.

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Validation Web Client

The platform is easy to use, performant, reliable and cost-efficient. Even more, our users can take advantage not only from predefined validation schemas but could also define their own application specific business rules and enforce them.

Go to Aviation Data Validation Platform and check how we can assist you in the effort to increase and maintain the quality of aeronautical data.

Free Premium Access to AIXM Validaton Service for SWIM Master Class 2015 Participants

2 Oct , 2015,
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m-click.aero is a very enthusiastic supporter of activities in the field of aeronautical data quality ensurement. Earlier this year, we have launched a test version of the first public web based AIXM Validation Service avaliable as both a web application and a SWIM yellow profile compatible REST service. Now, we are glad to announce that the Premium Access to AIXM Validaton Service will be grant for free for all participants of the SWIM Master Class 2015.

In order to improve the quality of information used during the Master Class, it would be very beneficial if master class participants would test their data sets against the most extensive set of validation rules provided for AIXM 5.1. Don’t forget, the data validation ability is one of the most essential SWIM infrastructure features! Take advantages of SWIM technical infrastructure, use web based validation service for free to ensure highest possible data quality: validator@m-click.aero

AIXM WFS and WPS Services – GML Applications in Aviation

29 Sep , 2015,
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The solution stack of the m-click.aero Aviation Suite product, which has been utilised in a number of research and commercial projects is based on the deegree framework. Deegree is a GML compatible, open source geographic information system developed to persist, manage, transform and expose all kinds of geographical data. Our Aviation Suite uses unique features of the deegree framework, such as document based data repository, additionally introducting extensions for aviation data formats.

Especially for the domain of AIXM 5.1 data management and processing, we additionally implemented an extended WFS 2.0 compatible query language (WFS-TE), which supports specific temporal characteristics of AIXM 5.1 beyond those provided in the basic WFS. Doing so, m-click.aero uniquely offers the full document based aviation information processing chain without internal data transformations. The aeronautical data is stored and managed exactly the same way how it is originally encoded, as native XML documents. There is no loss of information as it would sometimes be the case, when the AIXM 5.1 documents are converted into an intermediary middleware format (such as Java objects) and than again recomposed into entity relationship form suitable for final persisting in a relational database. The overall performances and scalability is much better compared to standard relational database solutions.

For detailed information please watch the video of a presentation “AIXM WFS and WPS Services – GML Applications in Aviation” (in German) held during the FOSSGIS conference 2014 by our GIS expert Markus Schneider in Berlin. Markus gives an excellent overview of the deegree framework and the m-click.aero aviation extensions.

16 Sep , 2015,
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As part of ATIEC 2015, our aviation consultant Aleksandar Balaban presented the concept of “Aeronautical Data Validation as a Service”. The FAA annual Air Traffic Information Exchange Conference took place on August 25-27 2015 at Silver Spring, Washington D.C.

The talk began with a snapshot of the SWIM technical infrastructure landscape and the aeronautical data quality: there are different reasons for data validation and several different approaches to implement it. There is also a demand to provide data validation and business rule enforcement functionalities as a costly efficient SWIM enabled service (SaaS).

Aleks then provided an overview of the work done in the previous OGC Testbed 11, the emerging standard in the area of declarative validation, as well as standardised service endpoints that will meet this interest. He then illustrated the way a declarative validation software component might be exposed to consumers using a web service endpoint.

View the presentation “Aeronautical Data Validation as a Service”.

AIXM Validation as a Service at ATIEC 2015

6 Aug , 2015,
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The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in partnership with the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL), will host the 2015 Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference (ATIEC) on August 25-27, 2015 at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Auditorium and Science Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. m-click.aero has been invited to present results of collaborative work performed together with Eurocontrol and Interactive Instruments in the OGC Testbed 11 regarding the validation of aeronautical data with focus on AIXM validation as a service.

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AIXM Validator Web Interface

The presentation will demonstrate the feasibility of automated, service based validation of aeronautical information represented using AIXM. The validation is based on a set of AIXM business rules that are expressed in structured English, following a profile of the Semantics of Business Vocabulary and Business Rules (SBVR). The business rules were mostly automatically converted into a set of Schematron rules. Another component, the rule validation engine, can read these rules and use them to validate AIXM data. The functionality of the validation engine is made available using the OGC Web Processing Service (WPS) interface. It can be integrated into information workflows that require the verification/validation of data, and is therefore suited to fulfill such needs for both data providers and users.

Photo on 13-06-14 at 10.03Our speaker at ATIEC 2015 conference, Aleksandar Balaban, is an independent ATM consultant located in Berlin, Germany. He received his Graduate Degree in Computer Technology from the Vienna University of Technology and has been working in the field of aeronautical information systems for almost 8 years. He was collaborating on the design and development of European Aeronautical database (EAD), which has been maintaining and continuously developing on behalf of Eurocontrol. Aleks’s experience ranges from software and data engineering to ATM systems definition and implementation utilising the concept of System Wide Information Management (SWIM). In September 2011 he joined the team participating in Europe’s most ambitious research and development programme, SESAR. As contributor and task leader he was participating in sub projects regarding the system wide information management (SWIM), aeronautical services and Digital NOTAM and Digital Briefing applications. He was also participating in the ongoing work on the OGC PubSub 1.0 project and for m-click.aero in the OGC Testbed 11. Aleksandar can be contacted at aleksandar.balaban (at) m-click.aero

 

m-click.aero participated in OGC Testbed 11 Aviation Thread

19 Jun , 2015,
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Together with several other organisations from both Europe and the USA  m-click.aero has been chosen to contribute in the OGC Testbed 11 Aviation Thread, which has started in February 2015 and was successfully finished in the middle of June 2015. Collaborating with partners from Luciad, Snowflake Software and Interactive Systems, we worked on tasks building upon results of previous OGC testbeds.

m-click.aero’s responsibilities were to design and implement the Digital NOTAM Validation and Enrichment Services, both crucial for digital NOTAM portrayal and data quality and the key building components of a future Digital NOTAM processing and distribution workflow. As it’s unique contribution m-click.aero has provided a concept of single consolidated AIXM data repository capable to deal with both static AIXM and digital NOTAM data and successfully implemented AIXM and Digital NOTAM schema extensions with additional bidirectional entity associations.

As part of the Validation Service task we demonstrated an implementation based on the OGC WPS 1.0 service interface, which internally evaluates original SBVR Business Rules validation assertions transformed to machine readable ISO Schematron for XSLT format. m-click.aero was participating in the visualisation of aeronautical data providing an Aviation Client with Digital NOTAM portrayal and validation capabilities. Finally, we have produced an Engineering Report dedicated to the Digital NOTAM validation and enrichment with detailed implementation description and follow-up activities.

The OGC Testbed 11 Aviation Thread was sponsored by EUROCONTROL and FAA.