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Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) launches Frequentis smartMessenger

Frequentis
7 November 2012

In January 2012, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) contracted Frequentis to upgrade its AFTN message switch with Frequentis smartMessenger AFTN/AMHS solution. In September 2012, IAA successfully put the system into operation after extensive testing prior to the cutover date. Frequentis is an Austrian software provider of mission-critical infrastructure.

The system implemented by Frequentis includes operational and test servers installed in the North Atlantic Communications Centre in Ballygirreen, and contingency servers installed in the Shannon ATM Centre. The system connects to domestic communication circuits terminated in Ballygirreen, Shannon, Cork and Dublin, and with international circuits connecting to the centres in Bordeaux (France) and Swanwick (UK). Frequentis supplied a turnkey system and installed all hardware required for the implementation of the system including system servers, operator workstations, routers and firewalls for secure WAN connectivity, and a System Monitoring and Control (SMC) system for SNMP management of all hardware and software components of the system.

The successful cutover of the AFTN/AMHS system in Ireland, the 10th system provided by Frequentis in operation in the ICAO Europe and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) region, underlines Frequentis's strong position in the AFTN/AMHS marketplace. Patrick Tarrant, Project Manager at IAA, commented that he was very pleased with the performance and availability of the system, and its user friendliness.

About smartMessenger
smartMessenger is the fastest AMHS system available on the market. smartMessenger comes with a high performance X.400 Message Transfer Agent (MTA) and a high speed queuing system for AFTN and AMHS messaging, enabling smartMessenger to achieve a minimum performance level of 350 AMHS messages switched per second when one MTA is connected, and higher levels of performance achieved when multiple MTAs are connected.

smartMessenger is field proven with a growing worldwide base of satisfied customers. With the release of smartMessenger v4.0, which was developed entirely in-house, Frequentis ensures long term support and commitment to its customers without relying on third party entities.
For more information about Frequentis, please visit www.frequentis.com

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