Airports RVT’s in operation

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Part 2 of our themed week: Remote and virtual towers are in operation on several airports around the world. AVIPEO.COM shows concepts and virtual towers around the world.

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Singapore Changi Airport is one of the largest airports in Asia. With over 55 million passengers per year, Changi could become the first mega airport with RVT technology. In November 2017 the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has awarded UK-based Air Traffic Management service provider NATS a contract, valued at close to $7 million, to develop a smart digital tower prototype for a trial at Changi Airport, over a period of 22 months. CAAS will then evaluate the operational feasibility before determining the suitability and robustness of such a smart digital tower for a busy airport like Changi Airport. The awarded contract includes the set-up of multiple fixed-position cameras to feed live video images onto a large video wall. This will provide a similar view to what air traffic controllers (ATCOs) currently see from a physical control tower.

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Remote Tower Operations Center © Saab

The largest airport in Europe which has announced to operate an RVT is London City Airport. The regional airport in the heart of London has announced it is to become the first UK airport to build and operate a digital air traffic control tower, with a multi-million-pound investment in the technology. The airport plans to introduce the new technology in 2019.

Working closely with NATS, London City Airport has approved plans for a new tower, at the top of which will be 14 High Definition cameras and two pan-tilt-zoom cameras. The cameras will provide a full 360-degree view of the airfield in a level of detail greater than the human eye and with new viewing tools that will modernize and improve air traffic management. The remote control center will be based in Swanwick, Hampshire.

“Digital towers are going to transform the way air traffic services are provided at airports by providing real safety, operational and efficiency benefits, and we are delighted that London City Airport has chosen to work with us to deliver what will be the first of its kind in the UK.” said Mike Stoller, Director, Airports at NATS.

Sweden is another European hot spot for RVT technology. Saab with its subsidiary Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions will provide remote digital air traffic control to the airports in Malmö in the South of Sweden, Östersund, Umeå and Kiruna. The traffic control center will be located in Stockholm.

Several smaller airports plan to establish RVT technology: Crainfield Airport, an airfield in the south-west of Bredford has announced to use a virtual tower owned and run by the university.

“We look forward to the collaboration with Cranfield University and their strong links with the industry in the area of innovative research and development”, says Johan Klintberg, CEO of Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions.


Don't miss part 3 & 4 of our themed week! Part 3 & 4 will be available on Friday, 06.04.2018.


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