World’s first remotely controlled airport goes into testing phase
If we have to go by what Örnsköldsvik airport in the north-east of Sweden has got itself, it is a possibility that all airports in the next decade will be remotely controlled. Swedish aerospace, defense and security company Saab has developed The Remote Tower System which controls air traffic at the airport from central Sundvall which is 100km away. Saab has done this in collaboration with Sweden’s air navigation service provider LFV.
The operators sitting in this location are provided with data on high-definition screens and dedicated devices via pan-tilt-zoom HD camera, surveillance sensors, microphones, signal light guns and many other sensors. For example, as the plane is landing at the airport, the controller hears it descend via the stereo sound system.
To make things ultra-realistic and create situational awareness for air traffic controller, the system also incorporates object tracking, alerts, night vision and image enhancement features. Further there are onscreen displays that allow for zooming-in on airplanes that are landing, turning on infrared vision to see through thick fog and darkness.
The developers hope that this technology will help in reducing the operational costs and building costs for airports that are located in remote locations. Moreover, the technology can also be implemented for airports that are located in dangerous locations.