Indra has developed AINE (Advance IP Network Emulator), an advanced platform that simulates in the laboratory the capabilities of satellite IP communications networks in order to assess and size the eventual deployment.
An ever growing volume of content is transmitted using satellite IP multimedia networks. The Indra emulator allows teams to evaluate the required capabilities of a network in order to support the necessary applications, all on the ground and prior to deployment in space. This helps to calculate investment needs, as well as how many applications the network will be able to support and service quality.
The Indra AINE emulator offers fast and simple real-time readings on broadband use, as well as any delay and jitter in communications between two points. The development of the platform dates back to evaluations performed by Indra back in 2004 on the capabilities of AmerHis, the Internet access controller carried by the Hispasat Amazonas satellite. Since then, Indra has evaluated the system for use in other R&D projects from the European Space Agency (ESA). It has also been harnessed to examine different approaches to integrating satellite networks with terrestrial networks via the IP multimedia standard (IMS).
AINE is currently being used as part of the SESAR project, the technological foundation on which the future Single European Sky will be built, an initiative that aims to enhance air traffic in the continent. As part of this ambitious program, the Indra solution is emulating the Iris satellite communications system, currently under development by ESA, which will allow aircraft to communicate and send information to control towers and centers.
AINE allows teams to evaluate how well satellite communications are incorporated within a multi-link system that makes complementary use of satellites alongside other land communication technologies.