AERONET/ENET2 Interoperability


May. '18OngoingDec. '24

Implementing Partners

Leader: ENAV
Italian Air Force
Contributor: Italian Air Force


The main objective of this Implementing Project is to contribute to the overall ENAV and Italian Air Force preparation for SWIM through the implementation of Local SWIM infrastructure components. This Implementing Project will allow the evolution towards a new network through the transition from ENET to ENET2, as the fundamental local enabler for SWIM information exchange. BLUE Profile requirements are not intended to be part of the project (in particular related to family 5.6.2).

In particular this Implementing Project will allow to upgrade and replace local components and shared ENAV and Italian Air Force infrastructures (e.g. POINT OF PRESENCE (POP)) in order to provide an improved interoperability between civil and military networks (the ENAV Network (eNET2) and the Italian Air Force (AERONET) network). The interoperability components concerned are considered fundamental for the local multi stakeholder implementation of SWIM information exchange and SWIM-enabled systems.

Specific objectives:
Modern ATM systems design is requiring enhanced connectivity and is using more and more common and open components, services and standards. This trend exposes systems to increased cybersecurity risks, it is therefore paramount to identify these risks, assess their possible impacts and mitigate them with appropriate measures. Some components concerned by the eNET2-AERONET interoperability need to be assessed in order to identify missing gaps and capabilities as well as risks in view of the upcoming SWIM requirements. This activity will allow identifying a local plan for upgrading local components up to available SWIM standard compliance to be activated and completed in the framework of the present initiative.
In particular some of the activities to be undertaken in order to modernise the infrastructure with a view of paving the way of accommodating SWIM requirements are:

  • upgrade of communication circuits

  • extension of the transmissive band

  • technological upgrade of the equipment

  • opening to new communication standards.

In addition to the above, relevant pieces of infrastructure will be upgraded with a view to improve the eNET2-AERONET interoperability, with a new functional architecture which will facilitate the overall local SWIM information management.

Expected Results:

  • local obsolete equipment and connections are improved through SWIM-compliant requirements;

  • one (or more than one) interoperability node is implemented between Italian MOD and ENAV (e.g. Exchange POP Italian Air Force in Roma Ciampino and Milano Linate);

  • current data exchange protocols, LoA (Letter of Agreement), are improved with a view to ensure eNET-AERONET improved interoperability and with this preserve a very important asset of the local SWIM information management chain;

  • Transition is ensured from legacy protocol towards the definition of the future system architecture able to cover information exchanges in compliance with SWIM governance policies.
    In particular, the following results are expected:

  • MPLS network equipment is divided into core and peripheral systems;

  • a software platform for centralised management is implemented;

  • Installation, configuration and customisation are done.

  • secure data exchange procedures (both manual and automatic) are defined and implemented between the two involved SOCs (Security Operation Center), ENAV and Italian Air Force.

Performance Benefits:
5% of cost-savings are expected from the rationalisation of the infrastructure (e.g. Saving energy with new generation equipments, By using raw materials more efficiently, recycling, and making production processes more efficient).

Countries involved

Additional Information

  • Project Type: Air Navigation Service Provider
  • CEF Call Year: 2017
  • Civil/Military: Civil
  • Multistakeholder: Yes
  • Main AF: AF5 - Initial System Wide Information Management
  • Sub AF: S-AF 5.2 - SWIM Technical Infrastructure and Profiles
  • Progress Percentage: 89%