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Indra to renew air traffic systems in Costa Rica for $12 million

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Indra has signed a contract with the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) to renew the air traffic management systems in the San José Air Control Center and the main international airports in Costa Rica for $12 million.

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The company will upgrade the systems in the center for the coordination of air traffic in Costa Rica and the towers that manage the approach and landing maneuvers in the international airports of Juan Santamaría –the most important, serving the city of San José; that of Daniel Oduber Quirós, in Liberia; and that of Tobías Bolaños Palma, which also serves the capital.

Indra is one of the leading suppliers of air traffic management systems in the world, and has installed its systems in over 4,000 facilities and 160 countries.

The San José Center will also incorporate Garex 300 advanced voice communication systems – part of Indra's family of IP communication systems – and Neptune voice recorders.

The multinational has agreed with COCESNA to equip this center with an advanced system that complies with the Level 3 NAM protocol, the most advanced means of streamlining coordination between control centers when transferring the responsibility for the management of a flight. Costa Rica will be the first country in the world with technology incorporating this protocol.

Another of the improvements Indra will be making in these facilities will be to adapt their systems to give them the capacity to process and display meteorological data supplied by Multimeteo radars.

It will also install a flight information and air traffic management system (ATFM/AIM) to monitor and optimize the management of traffic throughout the country's airport network.

The company will also implement a station in San José equipped with one latest generation primary and another secondary radar to reinforce the control and security of aircraft movements in Costa Rican airspace.

The secondary radar has the capacity for digital signal reception, and features an ADS-B receiver to improve its performance. This header will offer the maximum capacity for detecting and identifying aircraft, and will help increase the volume of traffic the country can absorb.

Indra is one of the main suppliers of radar systems to countries all over the world. In 2014, Indra's primary surveillance radars were top sellers outside the US, while Indra's mode S secondary radars – incorporating the most advanced aircraft identification technology – are currently operating in 175 facilities all over the planet.

These systems today cover air-traffic surveillance in 60% of Chinese airspace, practically all the skies over India and 90% of the skies over Ecuador, among others.

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