As an institution that relies on large volumes of various aviation information and operational data, the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) perfectly understands changes which are now taking place in the aviation industry, and more broadly in transport and economy. At the same time, PANSA dynamically responds to the changing market needs and trends by flexibly adapting to them. The digitalisation, virtualisation and automation of operations that lead to the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution are introducing such new technologies as the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing (CC), Augmented Reality (AR), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) also to aviation and air navigation. Being part of the ongoing changes, PANSA is actively involved in research and development (R&D) activities for the new generation of aviation – Aviation 4.0.
As an institution whose competences and resources are unique in Poland, PANSA consolidates them in the area of aviation by initiating and co-creating NaviHub - a project which is comprised of a network of organisations, sites and equipment (Centre of Competence) as well as data, knowledge and experience (LabHub) and infrastructure (NaviSpot). NaviHub represents cooperation of people and institutions that provides for designing, deploying and testing innovative aviation projects in field conditions.
PANSA creates aviation of the future by, among other activities, implementing tasks that arise from the Single European Sky (SES) initiative. It is actively involved in research programmes, including the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) – the SES’s technological component. The key objectives of the SESAR programme include reduction of delays in air traffic, limitation of flight costs, increase in airport and airspace capacities and reduction of the negative impact of aviation on the environment.
As part of the related R&D work, PANSA is involved in planning, developing and implementing common technologies and solutions to support and modernise air traffic management in Europe. The solutions are subsequently implemented at the deployment stage, including SESAR Deployment.
SESAR initiatives are financed from the European Union Framework Programme Horizon 2020, the largest research and innovation programme in the EU’s history.
As part of the Horizon 2020, PANSA develops and validates its own concepts as well as ones proposed by domestic and international partners. The resulting solutions (Industrial Research and Validation, or IR&V, projects) are meant to be deployed and used operationally by both PANSA and Baltic FAB, which shall translate into increased efficiency of the European ATM system.