Todays Air-Traffic Management (ATM) Communication Systems are working at their capacity limits due to increasing traffic in aviation. To counteract this, it is necessary to develop new communication methods and to switch to digital transmissions. A new digital data transmission technique is L-DACS 1 (L-band Digital Aeronautical Communication System).
The target of the ICONAV project is to build an L-DACS demonstrator device and to evaluate if it is suitable to get a new standard in a future ground to air (a/g) communication. The development of the demonstrator unit is done by our project partner R & S in cooperation with DLR, iAd and BPS.
Our task in this project is to develop, in cooperation with R & S SIT, a security concept/ strategy for L-DACS 1. On the base of different use cases and deployment scenarios sensitive values/ assets are determined. After threat and risk analysis we develop different security targets and measures to protect these assets. Example measures could be an integrity check of transmitted values or an encrypted datalink connection.
A selection of the derived security recommendations and defined security functions will be implemented by the project partners in the demonstrator.
We are actively involved in the first half of the ICONAV project for approximately one and a half year. In the second part of the project the developed demonstrator will be trialed in flight tests.