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ENTERPRISE-INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM (E-IDS)

Amanda Richardson is the Article 114 Representative for Enterprise-Information Display System (E-IDS). 

Background:  The Enterprise Information Display System (E-IDS) project aims to replace all existing IDSs in the NAS, providing the Agency with one enterprise solution across facility types. There are currently 5 existing IDSs that need to be replaced (1 EnRoute, 3 Terminal, and 1 in Alaska). While some customization is necessary and should be available, one system will reduce overall costs for upkeep, training, and resolve the upcoming End-Of-Life (EOL) issues we have with our current IDSs in the field. Current domains without an IDS will also be addressed (Oceanic, Alaska FSS, etc.). Final Investment Decision (FID) was approved by the Joint Resources Council (JRC) this past summer. The vendor bid process is complete, with a contract awarded to Leidos. 3 Phases of Implementation are planned, beginning in 2023 and ending in 2031. 

Collaborative work between the E-IDS Program and Leidos (the prime contractor for E-IDS) continues. Requirements work, continuing recurring Working Group meetings, and working toward a finalized schedule are some of the initial efforts. Capturing possible and known COVID impacts to the program is ongoing and continues to be evaluated. 

SME workgroup activities will resume in January 2021. The SME workgroup will evolve into the E-IDS User Team. The User Team will be involved from early design and development, through to implementation and sustainment. Initial activities include onboarding the new team members, safety panel prep, safety management panels, and Human Factors Working Groups. 

The E-IDS Implementation Team continues to coordinate efforts to communicate with the Alaska area facilities, including Flight Service. The E-IDS Team as a whole needs to better understand the specific needs of the Alaska facilities to ensure a successful implementation of E-IDS. This effort is impacted by current COVID restrictions and will be an ongoing effort until the goal is met. Meetings have occurred with Juneau Tower and Anchorage Center. A meeting with Anchorage TRACON is scheduled for mid-December. 

Meetings continue internally with the NATCA Reps that represent programs/projects that will (or may be) impacted by E-IDS. 

Upcoming activities: 

  • Weekly / bi-weekly Program Status and Systems Engineering telcons (ongoing) 
  • E-IDS Requirements telcons (weekly) 
  • E-IDS SME Working Group meetings (currently paused; will evolve to User Team) 
  • Bi-weekly Risk Board telcons; Joint Risk Board with Leidos (ongoing) 
  • Weekly check-in with Program Manager (ongoing) 
  • E-IDS Weather Working Group telcons (as needed) 
  • NATCA Safety & Technology department telcons (monthly) 
  • Meetings with other programs to discuss potential overlaps and impacts are occurring as needed 

Information Display System Replacement Program (IDSR) 

Tiffany McBride is the current Article 114 Representative  

The IDS Replacement program was originally supposed to replace all of the Information Display Systems in the NAS with one product known as NIDS (NAS IDS). The program was later reduced to 41terminal networks comprising 96 facilities and at present time is fully deployed.  

Information Display Systems provide a wide variety of information to Air Traffic Controllers such as current weather, airspace delegation, access to approach plates, NOTAMS, SIGMETS, flight route verification and aircraft information. The most common system in the NAS is a DOS based system known as IDS-4. These systems are based on 1980’s technology and as workstations fail it is increasingly difficult to find replacement parts. IDS-4 sustainably has been estimated to end between 2021 and 2026.  

NIDS is fully deployed at present in 41 networks and is currently categorized as in “sustainment mode”. The program continues to enhance its software and troubleshoot issues but there will no more funded sites in the NAS.  

Upcoming Activities: 

  • Auto ASOS was delivered to Burbank Tower and Southern California Tracon (SCT) is expected to receive additional facilities to start rolling out in January 2021. Discussions are ongoing to create a priority list and timeline. Auto ASOS fix was built remotely by database team due to inability to get into tech center.  
  • While the FAA moves to rank projects for the phased opening approach at the Technical Center is appears that IDSR/NIDS has been allocated to Phase Three which is not expected to be reached until sometime in 2021. This obviously means that no formal software testing can be accomplished this year. In response to this delay the FAA IDSR team is utilizing the time to merge the build that is ready for testing (3.6.4) with the next builds (3.7 and eventually 3.8). The time frame should allow all of the building and compiling work to be completed prior to Technical Center access and will also allow the program to procure an official FAA license to a Linux platform. Build 3.8 will then be created as a dual platform build making the possible move to Linux more manageable. When testing does occur, it will be a huge undertaking because the software will have to be tested on a Windows system, a Linux system, and a mixed mode (Windows and Linux running together) system.  
  • Ongoing meetings with the FAA IDSR System Manager.   
  • Ongoing biweekly Status Meetings and Technical Interchange Meetings (TIM) discussing the future merging with and transition to EIDS. 
  • Ongoing SIB meetings discussing AIMS reported issues to categorize and rank issues for inclusion in further software builds. 
  • Meeting between the incoming and outgoing NATCA IDSR/NIDS representatives.