Air Traffic and Navigation Services selects Quintiq for workforce planning optimization

April 16, 2014 | ’s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands

Quintiq, a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), announced today that Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) has chosen Quintiq for employee planning.

ATNS is responsible for South Africa’s air traffic control (ATC), overseeing approximately 10% of the world’s airspace. As the company grew, it required a workforce planning platform to build efficient rosters for 600 controllers and plan daily tasks according to the variable demands of flight traffic.

Quintiq was selected based on its ability to meet the specific requirements of ATC and its track record in the air navigation service provider (ANSP) industry. ATNS will use Quintiq to efficiently incorporate all scheduling constraints in one integrated solution, which is critical to the utilization, recruiting and training of air traffic controllers. It is also essential to have a planning system that follows prescribed rules agreed by unions and set by aviation regulatory bodies such as the South African Civil Aviation Authority to ensure the safe provision of the service.

“We were very impressed by Quintiq and its ability to deliver a solution for our specific needs,” said Thabani Mthiyane, CEO at ATNS. “ATC requires all systems to be fully safety compliant with its regulations, and Quintiq allows us to provide a safe and reliable service to our customers. It was clear from speaking to references that they are able to help us achieve this as well as improve our cost effective service delivery.”

ATNS also trains new controllers each year for itself and other ANSPs in the region. The Quintiq planning system will be extended to plan the activities related to the training and testing of student controllers.

“Our contract with ATNS is an important step in developing our market presence in Africa,” said Arjen Heeres, COO at Quintiq. “The selection process was by open tender and Quintiq established itself as the superior solution. Quintiq is already used by ANSPs to help control more than half the world's airspace, and we’re eager for ATNS to benefit from the savings, improved safety, and performance improvements enjoyed by our other customers.”

About Air Traffic and Navigation Services

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) Company of South Africa is the sole provider of air traffic, navigation, training and associated services within South Africa and some parts of Africa. Responsible for 10% of the world’s airspace, ATNS proudly manages more than half-a-million arrival and departure movements every year while maintaining ISO 9001 accreditation.

ATNS is celebrating twenty (20) years of selfless and distinguished Air Navigation and Aviation Training service provision in Africa.

About Quintiq

Every business has its supply chain planning puzzles. Some of those puzzles are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those puzzles using a single supply chain planning & optimization software platform. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Quintiq has headquarters in the Netherlands and the USA, and offices around the world.

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