FAA selects mobile platform for air traffic asset maintenance

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Syclo LLC of Barrington, Ill., a multiyear contract to deploy its mobile asset maintenance technology to technicians responsible for maintaining the National Airspace System. The airspace system consists of equipment providing communications, navigation, surveillance, display, flight planning and weather data for controllers, traffic managers and pilots.

Syclo's Agentry platform is designed to deliver enterprise data to where skilled technicians perform their work using mobile devices and both wired and wireless networks. The FAA is using Syclo's newest version of the Agentry Secure platform, which provides additional user authentication, data encryption, and application protection on mobile devices.

Syclo's award in April is part of a larger effort with IT integrator Digicon Corp. of Herndon, Va., to improve FAA's National Airspace System Infrastructure Management System, which provides for real-time tracking and diagnostics on the tens of thousands of pieces of critical equipment that make up the airspace system.

Airways facilities specialists are meant to benefit from the ability to access all equipment-related details and maintenance information, even while working at remote locations. Improvements in tracking asset performance should help ensure that components are effectively monitored for prefailure conditions and eliminate equipment downtime.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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