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Two PATIO Platforms were built on a unified architecture ( NATS-Hurn & STNA-Toulouse) both using a common infrastructure through Pre-Operational APIs ( coarse grain APIs) supplying them with a greatest ability to integrate large background components as FDP ( single FDP event, low level of granularity, transactional processing of flight data preservation). Reinforcing the demonstration of the API level plug-and-play ability of the platform, this API layer is supported by two different technical middlewares, one at Hurn based on a Client/server technology already used in operational platforms (UBSS), the other at Toulouse based on a Distributed Object technology (CORBA) which appears today as being a great potential for future ATM simulators and led to the definition of a set of APIs in distributed object IDL. - The DERA-Malvern platform ( Prototype foundation platform), adopting a fine-grain architecture, which provides the generic interfaces for further integration through fine grain APIs, based on the CMS specifications and ported on a Client/server technology technical middleware (UBSS). - The APIs defined in PATIO, either fine grain or coarse grain, thanks to the high level of abstraction it offers, is very beneficial for the future ATM platforms. - Code generation tools ( PAGE), enabling to generate client stubs and server skeletons from APIs specifications. - A first estimation of the CORBA technology adequacy next to the ATM centers needs. - Deliverables documents for Public and Restricted ( Transport RTD) domains. From the industrial viewpoint the PATIO platform will have an important role to play in the process of upgrading, enhancing and developing operational ATM systems, giving them the possibility to take operational requirements into account at an early stage in tools development and to investigate the most appropriate techniques for the integration of the Advanced controller tools with the operational European ATC systems. This platform will therefore minimise the time, the cost and risk for the integration of new tools into current systems. For the research oriented members of the consortium, the platform will be an experimental environment necessary for the development and exercising of the tools. The PATIO project has contributed to the creation and using of a common language and culture in the European ATM community, which is a very long pedagogical processes. An important thing is that they all have mastered the technology which appear through the PATIO architecture, ahead towards the one of the actual centers. Moreover it can be anticipated that the fact that all PATIO partners have obtained a better knowledge of the objectives and working methods of their European partners will certainly facilitate future cooperative arrangements.