Remote Tower (r-TWR)
The Remote Tower (r-TWR) is designed to enable the safe, efficient operation of airports from a single air traffic control facility at a remote location. The r-TWR uses digital cameras and other sensors to provide an air traffic service facility with the situational awareness needed to conduct operations remotely. The long-term benefits include reduced airport control tower construction and maintenance costs of as well as more efficient staffing of air-traffic services. This technology is currently undergoing the certification process in Sweden at two locations and is being tested in Australia and Norway.
Enhanced safety and punctuality
Features such as object tracking and alerting, infra-red vision and image enhancement; enhance the controller’s situational awareness in low-visibility conditions. Low-visibility procedures—often causing delays—are reduced thereby improving the punctuality of air movements. Overlay of labels, meteorological information and digital image enhancement improves the information available to the controller. Increasing the controller’s situational awareness leads to improved safety. Camera recordings allow play-back of traffic situations; this is useful when investigating incidents, further enhancing the safety benefits of the r-TWR.
The r-TWR is also ideally suited to providing a contingency measure at medium and large-sized airports. It offers a more cost-efficient solution than a contingency tower, with the freedom to place the control anywhere at the airport.