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STR-SpeechTech Delivers Bilingual English/Spanish ATIS System to Panama

STR Partners with Comtel S.A. of Panama

VICTORIA, BC, Canada – June 23, 2014. STR-SpeechTech has completed the delivery and training of a technologically advanced ATIS System which has been installed in the Air Traffic Control Tower at Enrique Jiménez International Airport, in Colón, Panama. The ATIS system was installed by Comtel S.A., a local Panamanian company.

ATIS (Automatic Terminal Information Service) broadcasts inform pilots of noncontrol information including runways in use and conditions, notices to airmen, and weather information. The Digital ATIS (D-ATIS) is received digitally in text form, on ACARS-equipped aircraft. This means that controllers and pilots do not have to rely strictly on voice frequencies, particularly when these frequencies are congested.

STR is proud to announce the installation of another bilingual English/Spanish ATIS System,” said Dr. Stephen Eady, Project Director of STR-SpeechTech. “Our StarCaster® ATIS system will significantly modernize the broadcasting of ATIS messages at this airport. This system in Panama adds to the list of bilingual English/Spanish ATIS systems that we have already installed in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.”

The StarCaster® ATIS system includes two Dual-Hot Standby Redundant Servers along with separate maintenance and operator workstations. This generates ATIS broadcasts in English and Spanish over a single VHF radio transmitter. Optionally, the StarCaster® system can also create a text version of the ATIS message for transmission to aircraft via Datalink.

The system also interfaces with an existing Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS), which provides current weather data for inclusion with ATIS messages.

About STR-SpeechTech Ltd.

STR-SpeechTech is the leading supplier of text-to-speech systems for mission-critical broadcasting applications. STR’s StarCaster text-to-speech systems are deployed throughout the world at Air Traffic Control Towers and Flight Service Stations, where the ability to generate clear and consistent aviation information broadcasts in a natural voice is a key component of operational efficiency and safety. Located in Victoria, Canada, STR has been dedicated to meeting our customers' needs for over 25 years.

For more information, contact:
Katy Earl, Communications Coordinator
Phone: +1 250 477 0544 (GMT-8)

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