U.N. agrees on radio spectrum for global flight tracking

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 11, 2015 10:19 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. conference agreed on Wednesday to dedicate part of the radio spectrum to a global flight tracking system in order to avoid a repeat of the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 in March last year.

"The allocation of frequencies for reception of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) signals from aircraft by space stations will enable real-time tracking of aircraft anywhere in the world," said François Rancy, Director of the Radiocommunication Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

(Reporting by Tom Miles)