Reliable and accurate surveillance data covering the total air traffic management (ATM) network is essential for safe and efficient ATM operations.
The EUROCONTROL ATM surveillance tracker and server (ARTAS) is the concept behind a Europe-wide distributed Surveillance Data Processing System (SDPS). ARTAS is capable of processing all surveillance data reports (classical radar, Mode-S, WAM and ADS) in order to provide its users with the best estimate of the current air traffic situation.
Recently a prototype Surface Movement Surveillance (SMSp) extension of ARTAS (ARTAS+SMSp) was developed. It provides the best estimate of the current air traffic situation seamlessly throughout the total ATM network including the traffic situation on the surface of airports.
This paper presents an overview of the ARTAS concept and its extension towards ARTAS+SMSp.