ids4-3-835x305Systems Atlanta's IDS4 is one of the largest systems ever fielded by the FAA. Referred to as an "electronic position binder," IDS4 effectively created a "paperless" environment for ATC facilities. It functions simultaneously as a data display, data integration, and data sharing platform, disseminating data to interconnected ATC/aviation facilities over interconnected LAN/WAN networks.

Since the award of its first contract to provide the SA-IDS network for the FAA in 1983, Systems Atlanta has excelled in information display system design. Having been awarded numerous contracts by the FAA, Systems Atlanta has always fulfilled the terms of these contracts, many even ahead of schedule, and with systems and services that exceeded expectations.


Three more versions of our IDS system soon followed and in September, 1993, SAI was awarded the "Great Lakes Contract" by the FAA to supply IDS4 systems to ATC facilities throughout the FAA's nine regions. Under this contract, as many as 2,272 IDS4 workstations and software licenses were supplied to more than 390 FAA facilities over a period of five years. In terms of units fielded, IDS4 was one of the largest systems ever fielded by the FAA.

IDS4 workstations have been in operation in the FAA NAS since 1993 when the first IDS4 system was installed at DIA. With over 20 years of operation in the field, Systems Atlanta's IDS4 was the first "NIDS."

Key Features

  • Redundant distributed data protects against system failure and data loss.
  • NDI software product running on COTS PCI workstations over RS-485 network media.
  • Set of software tools for creating a user-defined database of up to 10,000 display screens.
  • Graphical User Interface, widely accepted by controllers.Rapid dissemination and display of data via local and/or wide area networks.
  • Automatic input of data from external systems interfaced to IDS4.
  • Serves as an electronic position binder of critical information.
  • Features may be configured locally by the system administrator to allow for site-specific requirements.
  • Historical archive and retrieval system.
  • Users automatically alerts to changes in critical information.
  • Security features help prevent unauthorized changes to configuration and page data.