...Radars Get New Backup, Though

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And while the agency works on fixes to prevent a repeat of the radio failure, a new backup for the radar systems at the country's 20 air traffic control centers is on the way. The Enhanced Backup Surveillance (EBUS) system will get its first run in Denver. It's supposed to be more reliable than the current system and "averts total system loss if there are hardware or software problems." And EBUS has already achieved something a lot of the FAA's technology programs don't always do well in. "This milestone was achieved under target cost and five weeks early," J.C. Johns, the FAA's EBUS program manager, told Government Computer News. The Denver system should be up and running in March of 2005.