Wireless airport surface communication between tower and airplanes with RUGGEDCOM WIN for AeroMACS

Secure and cost-efficient solution for airport surface communications

A wireless technology chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organization, AeroMACS (Aeronautical Mobile Airport Communication System) supports the need for reliable high bandwidth data communications and information sharing on the airport surface. It is the answer to the growing complexity of operations and traffic handled by airlines, airport operators and air traffic controllers globally.

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Giving wings to safe and reliable air travel

Proven, certified and ready to deploy: the Siemens solution for AeroMACS consists of wireless products from the RUGGEDCOM WIN family. The solution is known for its unique Quality of Service characteristics and communicative advantages.

Essential to the future of air transport

RUGGEDCOM WIN devices offer high throughput, low latency, modern authentication and encryption, and mobility (hand-over) capabilities – all of which are essential features to deploy AeroMACS. This Siemens solution has already proven itself in various airports across the world.


Representing one of the key core technologies of the Future Communication Infrastructure (FCI) framework*, the AeroMACS enables the next generation in airport communications with up to 20 Mb/s broadband and up to 12 km broad coverage range. It is based on IEEE802.16e, which is the standard for private wireless broadband networks.

The innovative design of RUGGEDCOM WIN for AeroMACS also ensures quick and easy installation.


*The FCI framework combines the US Federal Aviation Administration’s Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and Europe’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR).


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Essential for wireless networks in airports

AeroMACS technology over RUGGEDCOM WIN base stations and RUGGEDCOM WIN subscriber units provides the ideal high bandwidth and low latency wireless network required for airport surface communication.

Seamless, reliable communications

Offering excellent performance in critical applications, RUGGEDCOM WIN subscriber units and base stations support a broad range of frequencies and are WiMAX certified. They also extend the AeroMACS feature set to provide a high-value, unique offering with an extended cell range of up to 12 km. 

Using the 5091–5150 MHz band allocated by the International Telecom Union at the World Radio Communication Conference in 2007, the RUGGEDCOM WIN products are able to offer AeroMACS services to airports around the world. The RUGGEDCOM WIN family also supports IEEE802.16e with set of frequencies starting at 1.4 GHz, covering specific frequency bands all the way to 5.8 GHz.

AeroMACS certification is given by the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led, non-profit organization which certifies and promotes the interoperability of broadband wireless products based on the IEEE Standard 802.16. Siemens is part of the aviation group in the WiMAX forum which has worked tirelessly to define the global AeroMACS standard.


RUGGEDCOM WIN devices for the AeroMACS band are WiMAX Forum “AeroMACS Certified” – which means that they have been subject to rigorous tests to ensure that they meet or exceed the performance requirements set for AeroMACS deployment.

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