Airports Hong Kong Airport tests Remote Tower technology

  • Airport Hong Kong

Part 3 of our themed week: The UK service provider Searidge Technologies will install its technical solutions at Hong Kong International Airport for a trial. 

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Twenty-eight fixed cameras and two pan-tilt-zoom cameras, with thermal infrared capabilities, will be installed on the South Aerodrome Tower with coverage of both runways and the terminal apron areas. Two locations with separate working positions, with different customized HMIs, will be available to controllers. The system will be integrated with the airport’s operational A-SMGCS, ADS-B, and flight plan data to provide video overlays and comprehensive situational awareness via a detailed heads-up display.

According to a press release, the objective of the trial is to gather feedback from controllers and evaluate the technology to determine if it can meet their operational needs to enhance the out- the-window view for performing day-to-day duties in coordinating aircraft and vehicle movements on the aerodrome, particularly in low ambient light and adverse weather conditions. As the Hong Kong Government has decided to add a new runway to its existing two parallel runways, the new technology could help to increase visibility in the construction zones.

“Searidge is looking forward to supporting the current objectives and long term growth plans of the HKIA with this comprehensive trial,” says Moodie Cheikh, CEO, Searidge Technologies. “Over the last 2 years, we have actively expanded our business in Asia and are committed to helping our customers improve air traffic management in the region with innovative technology. This trial will allow us to showcase not only our experience, but also the breadth, power, and flexibility of our solution.”

The trial is scheduled to be completed around the 2nd half of 2018. Hong Kong Airport has handled over 70 million passengers and over 4.5 million metric tons of cargo in 2016. With over 400.000 aircraft movements per year, the airport could become one of the largest airport operating a virtual and remote tower.


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