Teleconferencing contract will support FAA traffic management

The FAA awarded a contract for a new teleconferencing system at its Air Traffic Control System Command Center in Herndon, Va., to Frequentis USA of Rockville, Md.

The company will design, test, install, train and maintain support of the command center's conference control system, the FAA said yesterday.

The contract is worth more than $5 million over 10 years. The system, to be installed in spring 2004, will upgrade the command center's current telephone system.

The FAA's command center operates the traffic management system flow control service, which makes decisions collaboratively with air traffic control facilities, air carriers, the military, and other users of the national airspace system. The traffic management system manages in real time the flow of more than 50,000 flights each day in the continental United States.

The conference control system will allow up to 500 participants in a single conference call. With it, the FAA will be able to coordinate with all parties simultaneously to more efficiently plan routes and reroute air traffic during inclement weather or emergencies. The controller can quickly and efficiently initiate any job function, such as a conference with all 20 of the FAA's air route traffic control centers.

Also, the new system will provide additional operating positions, improved and expanded recording capability, critical automatic call director features and added security.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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