General Digital’s GenStar™, our sunlight readable 20.1″ LCD monitor designed for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Air Traffic Control applications, was featured in the April 2005 issue of Connecticut Life. The article, “Eye in the Sky at Bradley International” by Doug Malan, detailed a Day in the Life of an air traffic controller. Central to their day, which includes the safe passage of 20,000 aircraft monthly, are the LCD monitors used to track each one of those aircraft. They utilize a sophisticated program, Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS), to track up to 1350 aircraft simultaneously, while reducing the amount and duration of air travel delays. STARS can also transmit important information to controllers, even in the event of a total hardware or software failure. Obviously, for such critical work, reliable equipment is crucial. That’s why Raytheon, the company who worked with the FAA and the Department of Defense (DoD) to design STARS, chose General Digital™ to supply the sophisticated and robust LCD monitors. Having been a customer for over 20 years, Raytheon knew General Digital™ had the technical expertise to build an efficient and reliable product to perfectly fit their needs. There are 50 airports in the U.S. expected to receive the STARS upgrade and General Digital™ expects to supply LCD monitors for each of them.
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