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Introduction to MEVA

MEVA is an acronym for the Spanish phrase “Mejoras a los Enlaces de Voz ATS”, meaning “Improvement to ATS Voice Link.” The MEVA project is an important part of the ICAO Caribbean Region’s efforts to effect a gradual migration from legacy communication technology to more widely adopted protocols. The MEVA project forms part of the […]




MEVA is an acronym for the Spanish phrase “Mejoras a los Enlaces de Voz ATS”, meaning “Improvement to ATS Voice Link.” The MEVA project is an important part of the ICAO Caribbean Region’s efforts to effect a gradual migration from legacy communication technology to more widely adopted protocols.

The MEVA project forms part of the Regional CNS/ATM plan and uses a satellite-based telecommunication network which is also the foundation for the implementation of other elements of the plan including, but not limited to Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications, RADAR data sharing, Automatic Dependent Surveillance and other ATN applications. Satellite-based telecommunication has proven to be highly reliable, hence the migration from other conventional means of telecommunication.

AMERICOM GOVERNMENT SERVICES, Inc. (AGS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES AMERICOM, was awarded a five-year contract from the United States, Caribbean States/Territories and Central American Organization of Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) that are coordinated by the Regional Office for North American, Central American and Caribbean Office of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to support safe air traffic in the southern United States, the Caribbean, Central American and parts of South America. AGS provides its highly reliable satellite-based telecommunications network to support the MEVA project, which closes existing coverage gaps and provides the highest level of safety through reliable aeronautical ground – ground digital communications between regional air traffic control centers.

The ICAO Member States in the Caribbean, North and Central America already using the MEVA system are Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, COCESNA (Central American Organization of Air Navigation Services), Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, and USA (Miami ARTCC).

REDDIG (Regional Digital Network) is the ICAO South American Region’s equivalent of MEVA.

 

 




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