Small Voice Communication Control System

SVCCS

The Copperchase Small Voice Communications Control System (SVCCS) is targeted at the smaller regional airports market for voice communications market in the smaller regional airports. As a cost-effective system solution, the SVCCS provides complete ATC communications as follows:

  • Console (operator positions) to console.
  • Console to telephone connections.
  • Console to radio.
  • Connection to 8 radio channels (main and standby – 16 radios) and 16 telephone channels.

The SVCCS may also be used as a contingency/emergency system for larger VCCS installations (Emergency Handset Systems – EHS).

The system consists of a base system with remote consoles connected via standard Cat5 cable and external adaptor cards for conversion from the base control unit out to the external radio and telephony connections.

The SVCCS retains all audio in an analogue format to ensure ease of installation and commissioning and also to reduce fault issues applicable to UK CAA SRG. All call-status and lamp/switch field information is passed between consoles and from consoles to base using a high-speed 2W data communications method. This allows all consoles to pass information directly between units, regardless of the base system status, thus increasing system integrity and reducing failures due to single-point failure.

Operator Positions

The SVCCS has the capability to support eight operator consoles, all with equal priority for lines and emergency lines, using a single Cat5 cable per operator console.

Each console is connected directly to the system control unit via a standard 4pr Cat 5 cable. This allows a pair for all data traffic for routing and lamp/switching operation, two pairs for the headset (left and right ears) and one pair for the microphone. The console can be either a 19” rack-style construction, allowing it to be fitted to a standard 19” desk, or a modular P3 construction.

Each console has a switch matrix for telephone lines, radio main and backup, and inter-console communications. All keys are backlit and have four modes:-

  • ON Dim – Normal
  • Flashing Fast – I/C call
  • Flashing Slow – O/G Call
  • ON Bright – Call established
  • Typical Panel Installation
    Typical Panel Installation
  • Typical Panel Layout
    Typical Panel Layout

Communications

The SVCCS is capable of allocating up to 16 lines for a mixture of:

  • FXO – Emergency lines to Fire Service, etc.
  • FXS – Connections to external PSTN lines
  • PSTN connection only
  • Preset dialling – rotary switches or NVRAM
  • E&M – For all external private circuits (MBB, Gen-Gen, AC15 etc)
  • Radio – Connects to ground-to-air radio circuits
  • Audio Tx to radio
  • Audio Rx from radio
  • PTT from console
  • Squelch from radio
  • Optional sidetone provided Tx to Rx (Link selectable)

Note 1

All audio ports are adjustable for volume on both Rx & Tx paths by separate ports on the external PCBs. The base unit presents all audio with a flat response in both directions for through and console-to-console communications.

Note 2

Cross-coupling can be provided on radio ports by means of a jumper cable between the relevant UHF and VHF interfaces.

Installed Locations

Site/Customer Description
Gatwick International Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Jersey Airport Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Glasgow International Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Farnborough Airport Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Luton Airport Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Stansted Airport Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Heathrow International Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Newcastle International Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Leeds-Bradford International Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
London City Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Birmingham City Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Heathrow EDF Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Edinburgh Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Cardiff International Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Heathrow - New Tower Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Durham Tees Valley Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Newcastle - New Tower Copperchase Schmid VCCS installation
Bournemouth International Copperchase SVCCS installation
QinetiQ (Hebrides) OVN major refit Copperchase SVCCS installation
Cranfield Airport Copperchase SVCCS installation
Luton Airport Fire service Copperchase SVCCS installation
Biggin Hill Airport Copperchase MEP Voice switch installation 4 positions
Dublin ATC Centre Copperchase MEP Voice switch Installation (30+ Positions)
Shannon ATC Centre Copperchase MEP Voice Switch Installation (40+ positions)
Scilly Isles VCR Copperchase MEP Voice switch installation (3 positions)
Yeovil VCR Copperchase SVCCS Voice Switch (3 positions)
Lydd Airport VCR Copperchase SVCCS Voice Switch (3 positions)
Aberdeen Airport VCR Copperchase MEP Emergency Voice Switch Installation (14 positions) Current
Vagar Airport VCR (Faroe Islands) Copperchase MEP Voice Switch Installation (2 Positions) Current
Location/Client Radio connections Operator positions PBX/POTS
connections
Interconnect
Control centres
Comment
Port of Rotterdam HCC 16 (17) 3 3 4 simulcast (VOIP) frequencies,
16 remote sites + backup VCS
VP Schijndel, Oosterhout, Tilburg and Helmond 27 13 0 4 4 control centres
VP Hansweert 3 4 0 0  
Schiphol luggage 5 5 0 0 Tetra mobile’s
VP Zandvliet, Zelzare, Zeebrugge, Vlissingen, Terneuzen, Hansweert 15,5,15, 17,5,6 11,1,8, 21,6,2 0 6 Schelde Radar Communication System 6 control centres combined.
Port of Rotterdam VCW 6 3 1 3  
Royal Dutch Airforce 6 1 0 0 Mobile Control Centre
Rohill 12 (6) 0 0 MPT diversity selector
LODICO 3 1 0 0 Simulcast system (X.21)
Sambeek 3 3 0 0  
3A-net (ministry of national affairs) +/- 100 25 0 0 25 switches for national alarm and analogue backup communication system
Wemeldingen 12 2 0 0  
VP Groningen 4 3 0 0  
Belfeld 3 3 0 0  
LVNL (North sea) 22 (3) 0 0 CLIMAX simulcast system for the helicopter flights North sea, main/backup
VP Tiel 15 3 0 0  
S’tAndries 2 2 0 0  
Royal Dutch Airforce 6 1 0 0 Mobile Control Centre
VP Leidschendam 5 5 4 (5) CCTV system communicates with 8 substations and 48 PA, Intercom audio devices.
VP Alphen 2 3 4 (5) CCTV system communicates with 4 substations and 24 PA, Intercom audio devices.