Deployment of Centralized Interoperable Center Information Service (Step 1)


Apr. '18OngoingDec. '25

Implementing Partners

Leader: DFS


CICIS is an integrated and interoperable information tool within the Controller Working Position (CWP) of the main DFS ATM system for retrieval, exchange and display of strategical and operational information which will be rolled out at all DFS control centres for the iCAS (interoperability through European collaboration centre automation system) system generation. The system will be SWIM service based and deployed as a centralised hosted service.
Compared to its predecessor ATCISS (Air Traffic Control Information Support System) it offers lean maintenance and is based on a state-of-the-art new technological platform as well as interoperable SWIM services (System-Wide Information Management). CICIS offers strategical and operational valuable data and information about weather services, airspace status information, and air traffic flow information such as capacities and demands, concentrated in to one operational information service and display tool to the local ATFCM (Air Traffic Flow and Capacity Management) function.
Furthermore, the service and display tool may provide the supervisor and ATCO with the ability to input bookings of military or other kinds of special use areas directly into the system information exchange. These requirements will be further defined as part of this Implementing Project (IP).

This project, broad in its scope, covers several Families identified in the DP: 3.1.2, 3.1.3, 5.3.1, 5.4.1 and 5.5.1. The project efforts during 2022 and 2023 will aim mainly to implement AF5. As a result, this implementation project will comply with the regulatory deadlines set in the PCP for Free Route implementation (AF3) and the SESAR Deployment Programme (SDP) implementation sequence.

Specific objectives:

  • Step 1 (scope of this funding application): CICIS System Project
    Step 1 specifically aims to undertake the definition of the dedicated system and service requirements, the adaptation and migration of these to a new centralised system platform as well as the procurement of the new system as well as ensuring its operational readiness. The new system within the control centre (clients) shall thus make use of centrally provided data. Step 1 implementation will conclude with the Factory and Site Acceptance Tests of the new system/ service and includes CICIS system integration at a pilot site.

  • Step 2 (scope of future funding application): CICIS Deployment Project
    Step 2 specifically aims to build on the Step 1 implementation and its operational readiness of the procured system and take the Centralised Interoperable Center Information Service into operation at the DFS control centres (i.e. clients) Karlsruhe, Munich, Bremen and Langen from a centralised and redundant location.

Expected Results:

  • Process/system is upgraded to ready the ATM system for a full rolling ASM (Airspace management)/ATFCM and dynamic ASM/ATFCM process.

  • Necessary technical pre-requisites supporting automated ASM information sharing for rolling AUP (Airspace Use Plan), UUP (Updated Airspace use plan) are available.

  • Implementation is based on new AUP template content and format based on AIXM (Aeronautical Information Exchange Model).

  • Process/System improvements supporting sharing of information of airspace configurations (via AUP/UUP) and full management of Airspace structure are implemented.

  • Notification of the activation of an Airspace Reservation/Restriction (ARES) is implemented.

  • Notification of the de-activation of an Airspace Reservation/Restriction (ARES) is implemented.

  • Pre-notification of the activation of an Airspace Reservation/Restriction (ARES) is implemented.

  • Notification of the release of an Airspace Reservation/Restriction (ARES) is implemented.

  • Aeronautical information feature is available on request. Filtering is possible by feature type, name and an advanced filter with spatial, temporal and logical operators.

  • Query Airspace Reservation/Restriction (ARES) information is available.

  • Airspace Use Plans (AUP, UUP) are drafted.

  • the system for meteorological information supporting En Route/Approach ATC process or aids involving the relevant MET (Meteorological) information, translation processes to derive constraints for weather and converting this information in an ATM impact, is ready; the system capability mainly targets a ‘time to decision’ horizon between 20 minutes and 7 days as well as to provide Volcanic Ash Mass Concentration.

The information to be exchanged and displayed to the air traffic controller comprises:

  • Maximum airport capacity based on current and near term weather conditions,

  • Departure and arrival planning information,

  • ATFCM pre-tactical and tactical plans (regulations, re-routings, sector configurations, runway updates, monitoring values, capacities, traffic volume activations, scenarios, etc.),

  • Short term ATFCM measures,

  • ATFCM congestion points,

  • Network events,

  • Rerouting opportunities,

  • Restrictions,

  • Traffic counts information,

  • Demand data (civil, military),

  • Flow and Flight message exchange,

  • Airspace structure, availability and utilisation,

  • Network and En-Route/Approach Operation Plans,

  • Network impact assessment,

  • Service availability information,

  • General information messages (ATFCM Information Messages and headline news).

Performance Benefits:
Having regard to the Performance Assessment undertaken for the CICIS project particular contributions are achieved for the following Key Performance Indicators (KPI) upon implementation of Step 1 (within the Action) and Step 2 (outside the Action):

  1. Flight Efficiency in Fuel;

  2. Flight Efficiency in Time;

  3. ANS cost.

  • A CBA was prepared comparing the CICIS project with a prolonged operational use of the existing outdated information data processing system ATCISS: The CICIS cost benefit analysis indicates a cost reduction in total lifecycle costs.

  • Cost sharing in the CICIS SW development. The SW development cost of common requirements will be shared.

  • Cost sharing in CICIS SW maintenance.

These KPI are addressed as the deployment of CICIS in German airspace controlled by DFS. The benefits are achieved by providing the supervisor and the air traffic controller with the best quality and most up-to-date information on the current operational situation in a way that the air traffic controller has all information at its disposal in order to most efficiently manage air traffic. This is particularly achieved by providing the air traffic controller with information on air space reservation status (see Family 3.1.3 and 3.1.2) and the air traffic controller enabling more direct and efficient flight paths pending the actual airspace status. This will reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions thus having a positive impact on the environment. Furthermore, the system/ service will offer reduced maintenance cost and therewith lower overall lifecycle cost.

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Air Navigation Service Provider
  • CEF Call Year: 2017
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: No
  • Main AF: AF3 - Flexible ASM and Free Route
  • Sub AF: S-AF 3.1 - Airspace Management and Advanced Flexible Use of Airspace
  • Progress Percentage: 76%