Robust Analytics Air-Ground Integration Laboratory (AGIL)

Robust Analytics recently opened its Air-Ground Integration Laboratory (AGIL) at our main office in Crofton, Maryland. AGIL provides a complete development and test environment for the next generation of air-ground integration technologies such as Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO). AGIL includes:

  1. Airline dispatcher decision support tools
  2. Comprehensive flight planning system for use in pre-flight planning, dynamic re-routing, and trajectory negotiation
  3. Live flight plan, aircraft position, air traffic, airspace constraints, and airport control measures from the FAA’s System Wide Information Management (SWIM) data feed
  4. Weather data, forecasts, and En Route hazards forecast
  5. Future ATM Concepts Evaluation Tool (FACET)
  6. NAS Constraint Evaluation and Notification Tool (NASCENT )
  7. Robust Analytics Air Traffic Cost Assessment Tool (ATCAT)

With AGIL, Robust Analytics and its government and industry partners can evaluate ATM concepts in a realistic environment using live data and airline decision support systems. Our Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) Data Communications Network (EDCN) architecture enables us to develop prototype applications rapidly, conduct initial tests, and refine the concepts. AGIL combines airline decision tools, NASA decision support and analytics, with Robust Analytics prototypes and middleware to enable development and testing of algorithms to improve airline operations and ATM concepts. Our initial applications of AGIL include our On-time Passenger Arrival (OPA) application, ongoing EDCN prototype development, and the terminal area safety margin model.

We designed AGIL to support concept development and demonstrations with live data and actual airline systems. We also enable advanced analytics by storing the live data in a cloud data warehouse for follow-on analysis and cost-benefit assessments.

The live SWIM flight position data are stored and processed daily into analytics-ready tables with Pig and Hive scripts. The data tables are stored in a Microsoft Azure cloud data warehouse. We use Microsoft Azure for multiple cloud-based applications, including our EDCN prototype for dynamic re-routing.