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Azure IoT Technology helps NAV CANADA revolutionize air-traffic control

Learn how NAV CANADA is flying high and keeping planes in line using #IoT and Azure.

  • Due to the traditional limitations in air traffic control, aircraft on the same track today must be separated by 80 nautical miles longitudinally and 30 nautical miles laterally, or one full degree of latitude, limiting the number of planes that can fly along a specific corridor.
  • In such airspace, pilots make regular reports of their location to air traffic control by voice or text using radio communications.
  • Extending the Internet of Things (IoT) to track planes is opening the door to massive opportunity for aviation related companies.
  • Ground-based systems have a range of about 200 miles, leaving large gaps in surveillance coverage all over the world.
  • To continue to close those gaps in visibility across the globe, the system needed access to the sky itself, so NAV CANADA partnered with Iridium Communications , a satellite communications outfit that was planning a full generational refresh of its existing constellation of more than 70 satellites.

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Each day thousands of planes rumble down runways and rise into the sky, bound for destinations across countries and continents. As they fly over land, most of this complex network of active aircraft is under the surveillance of air traffic controllers across the world.


Azure IoT Technology helps NAV CANADA revolutionize air-traffic control

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