SOURCE: Era Corporation

November 13, 2007 09:00 ET

Era and HITT Selected to Provide Wide Area Multilateration and ADS-B Surveillance Over the North Sea

RESTON, VA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Dutch Air Navigation Service Provider, Luchtverkeersleiding Nederland (LVNL) has selected Era, in partnership with the Holland Institute of Traffic Technology B.V. (HITT) company, to provide a Wide Area Multilateration solution in the Netherlands North Sea area. Era's solution utilizes its MSS sensors, which will be strategically placed on platforms in the North Sea and on-shore, to provide optimal surveillance coverage over the Dutch portion of the North Sea.

This selection marks the second time that LVNL has chosen an Era solution. In 2006, LVNL selected Era to provide Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport with a vehicle tracking segment of its Advanced Surface Movement and Guidance Control System (A-SMGCS).

LVNL have a requirement to gather surveillance information on traffic equipped with Mode S and ADS-B transponders traveling to and from offshore platforms, which consists primarily of helicopter traffic, as well as general aviation and military flights. Era's MSS system, which combines multilateration and ADS-B with multi-ranging techniques, is well suited to provide highly accurate surveillance coverage of aircraft flying at low altitudes in adverse weather conditions.

MSS by Era is a completely modular system, easily adaptable to any wide area requirement and is virtually impervious to all environmental challenges. This allows Era to strategically place the MSS sensors on land, as well as on offshore platforms to obtain optimal surveillance coverage.

When compared to conventional radar, Era's multilateration systems provide higher position accuracy, faster update rates, better coverage and improved reliability, and does so at a much lower initial acquisition cost, with greatly reduced annual maintenance costs.

"We are proud that LVNL has chosen Era to deploy a wide area multilateration solution over the North Sea," said Russell Hulstrom, Vice President & General Manager of Era's Air Traffic Management business unit. "Our MSS platform is proven in the most demanding geographic and climatic environments and the North Sea represents another surveillance challenge where our multilateration capability is uniquely capable of meeting these demanding requirements."

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About Era

Era Corporation is a pioneer and leading supplier of next-generation surveillance and flight tracking solutions for the air traffic control, military, homeland security and airport operations markets. With proven multilateration and ADS-B technologies delivering high performance, high reliability surveillance solutions, the company has over 100 commercial, air traffic control and military customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and Asia. Era's investment in research and development and its track record of product innovation has resulted in a substantial patent portfolio. Era is headquartered in Reston, Virginia with leading product research and development centers of excellence in the U.S. and Czech Republic.