Airtel acquires Australian aerospace firm’s radio IP

23 Aug 2011

Dublin-based Airtel ATN, which makes communications software for the aerospace industry, has acquired the sole rights to intellectual property from Australian firm Aviation Data Systems (ADS).

ADS provides both independent platform and PC based hardware and software systems that allow developers and users of Data Link systems to emulate and engage in data link operations between a ground station and an aircraft.

The primary purpose of many ADS’s systems is to replace either the aircraft system or the ground station system in test and development configurations.

Airtel ATN has partnered with ADS since 2007 years providing VDL Test Tools to Air/Ground Communicator Service Providers (ACSPs) and Avionics Manufacturers.

The combination of Airtel ATN and ADS solutions provide a definitive ATN test environment for testing air or ground installations, in the laboratory or out in the fieldover VDL Radios (VDRs).

Acquisition will enable Airtel ATN to expand its product line

“Test Tools account for a quarter of Airtel ATN’s current sales and this is expected to grow due to the expanded product line,” said Frank O’Connor, Airtel ATN CEO.

“The acquisition of ADS technology further consolidates Airtel ATN’s leading position in the emerging ATN test environment.”

ADS has more than 20 years in the development of electronics and software for commercial aviation related applications. The company’s technology focus grew from its initial developments for ACARS systems, to VDL Mode 2 and ATN technologies including CPDLC.

All ADS products will now be integrated into the wider Airtel ATN portfolio.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years