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Exelis acquires Orthogon ATM & Airport Operations Management Solutions Business from Barco NV

4 August 2014

Exelis has completed the acquisition of Barco Orthogon (Orthogon), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barco NV, based in Bremen, Germany. Orthogon provides applications for air traffic flow management and decision-making to airport operators and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) globally. 

Orthogon designs, develops and deploys widely-used queue management and traffic optimisation applications that allow airport operators, ANSPs and airlines to collaboratively manage capacity constraints on the airport surface and in the air. In addition to optimising aircraft flows into and out of airports, Orthogon’s applications predict traffic demand on runways based on key performance indicators, thus allowing airport operators and airspace users to better optimise their resources. 

The acquisition augments Exelis offerings in its strategic growth area of critical networks. Orthogon will become part of the Information Systems division within Exelis. 

“The acquisition of Orthogon expands our aviation solutions portfolio and international market position,” said Pam Drew, Exelis president of the Exelis Information Systems division. “With our global airport presence and Orthogon’s queue management applications we see opportunities to deliver solutions to our customers that will lower costs and increase capacity and efficiency of their operations.” 

“As demand for air travel increases over the coming decades Orthogon’s focus is to deliver total airport optimisation solutions,” said Frank Köhne, chief executive officer and managing director of Orthogon. “Our success and long term customer relationships can be attributed to our talented and dedicated employees. We’re very excited to join the Exelis team as this combination significantly expands our scale to deliver solutions to customers globally.” 

Orthogon’s products and solutions are used by customers to manage operations at some of the world’s busiest airports including those in Doha, Qatar; Hong Kong; Istanbul; London; and Singapore. 



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