NATS signs multi-year agreement with Snowflake for Laminar Data platform

NATS signs multi-year agreement with Snowflake for Laminar Data platform

09 March 2016

The UK’s largest air navigation services provider, NATS, has signed a multi-year agreement with Snowflake Software for its use of Snowflake’s Laminar Data platform – a secure cloud-based platform for managing, sharing and monetizing aeronautical, weather and flight data.

Since the announcement of Laminar Data last August, and the launch at World ATM Congress this week, Snowflake has been running an Early Adopters beta programme in order to gain market validation and feedback for its innovative data sharing and app building cloud platform.

As a result, Snowflake has announced that NATS will become a flagship launch customer of Laminar Data after signing a five-year agreement. The agreement will enable NATS to exploit Laminar Data’s technology in order provide its customer base with applications that enhance and improve the utilisation of aeronautical data.

Alexis James Brooker, Director of Professional Services at Snowflake, said: “Laminar Data has been a multi-year investment for Snowflake and signing a 5-year agreement with an industry leader such as NATS is a great start on our journey towards building a global platform to enable the Aviation API economy. NATS has unrivalled operational knowledge and experience across the entire ATM industry, that combined with our Laminar Data platform enables NATS to take that knowledge to market with innovative applications at a fraction of the cost and timeframe that it could do previously.”

Andy Sage, Head of NATS Information, said: “Managing vast amounts of data and extracting valuable insight is a problem for everyone in the industry and especially for our airline customers. Snowflake’s unique capability allows for the safe, secure and flexible hosting of a variety of data sources to offer our customers new and innovative ATM solutions, helping them to make better and more informed decisions. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Snowflake and look forward to sharing this capability with our customers later this year. Watch this space!”

Featured image caption: Ian Painter, Snowflake CEO, with Andy Sage, Head of NATS Information

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