IDS5 Digital ATIS SystemIDS5 Digital ATIS provides a high quality and fully automated replacement to manually-produced ATIS broadcasts, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The IDS5 Digital ATIS System utilizes StarCaster ATIS® Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology, developed by STR-SpeechTech and distributed by Systems Atlanta, to provide the ultimate clear, natural voice that is essential for critical message broadcasting. The TTS component of the system uses a pre-recorded digitized Voice Database to produce high-quality voice output from a text input.

The Digital ATIS system resides on the same workstation as IDS5 thereby eliminating the need for an additional workstation and display. IDS5 notifies users of new weather which is automatically transferred to the Digital ATIS. Upon broadcast of the new ATIS, the StarCaster software automatically updates IDS5 with the new ATIS code.  

IDS5 Digital ATIS, as packaged and distributed by SAI, has been deployed at more than 150 U.S. Air Force and Army sites worldwide.

*NOTE: StarCaster versions 4.3.1 and 5.x are the only versions compatible for use with the US Air Force's Airfield Automation System (AFAS) as well as the US Army's Airfield Automation System (AAAS).


  • Provides high quality voice output for ATIS broadcast operations
  • Automatically receives ATIS weather information from any weather data source (such as AFTN, AWOS, ASOS)
  • Allows site-specific configuration of software, vocabulary, phrases, and text conversion rules
  • Comes with an easy to use, intuitive Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Automatically updates ATIS ID letter when new ATIS message is created
  • Complies with ICAO International Standards and Recommended Practices, including compliance with ICAO formats for TCP/IP and serial connections
  • Automatically retrieves weather data code from IDS5
  • Automatically converts METAR from its encoded format to English text to natural voice for broadcast
  • Automatically detects weather data errors and includes software tools for manual error correction
  • Allows free text entry
  • Provides optional call-in telephone access to listen to ATIS message on an analog phone line
  • Automatically logs weather data received, weather data errors, start and end time of broadcasts, broadcast contents, and any technical errors
  • Saves text of ATIS broadcasts to hard drive or removable media
  • Provides ability to manually record broadcasts
  • Provides audio monitoring of ATIS broadcast before being sent to radio transmitters

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