Remote Towers – Aviation SeminarKari Fält Remote Tower Product ManagerSaab Sensis ATM Sweden23 May 2013
What is Remote TowerWhy? - ANSP Business CaseOn-going Remote Tower projectsResearch and DevelopmentAgenda
ATS is provided from a tower, located at the airportTraditional ATS
The ability to provide ATS from a remote locationRemote Tower
The tower view is captured with high resolution digital camerasRemote Tower – Tower View
The Out The (Tower) Window (OTW) view is presented for theATCO in the Controller Working Position (CWP)Remote Tower – CWP
A zoom camera replaces the ATCO binocularThe zoom camera is mounted on a Pan-Tilt robot device - PTZRemote Tower – PTZ cam...
Remote Tower – PTZ camera
The airport sound is captured with 2 mics
CWP SystemsRemote Tower – CWPRadar FightPlanWeatherOTW viewVoiceCommunicationElectronicFlight StripsAirport SystemControlP...
All airport systems are remotely controlled/monitored:• Runway Lights• Emergency Alert• Navigation Aids• Radio Communicati...
Remote Tower – Runway Lights
Remote Tower – Runway Lights
Remote Tower – Why?What is the idea of doing the same job from a location far awayfrom the airport?Customers and ANSP:s ar...
Remote Tower – Co-location of ATSCo-location of ATS for a number of airports in a centre – RemoteTower Centre (RTC)RTCRemo...
XRemote Tower for ContingencyXRemote Tower technology installation for backup reasonsOne or several masts combined with ad...
Contingency Tower supporting local operationsEnhanced local operations by providing the ATCO:s with camera feedfrom the co...
A great need to increase the number of airports, China, India and LatinAmericaInstead of building new towers, Remote Tower...
A number of shadow mode validations, since 2010Distance between the airport and RTC is 100 kmRemote Tower – validation
The remote tower (Ängelholm) is controlledfrom Malmö airport (approx 100 km)
Contract rewarded in January 2011Two airports Sundsvall and ÖrnsköldsvikThe RTC is located in SundsvallDelivery in Q3/Q4 2...
Remote Tower in Sundsvall
The OTW view in RTC in Sundsvall
Focus on various environmental conditions
Camera house – environment controlCamera house capabilities, prevents:• Rain/Snow/Hail/Moisture/Dust• High/Low temperature...
Rain Prevention
Rain Prevention
Automatic digital brightness adjustmentBefore After
Sun light reduction with filtersWithout Filter WithFilter
Problem with salt on the camera window
Bird prevention
To increase safety and ATCO/AFISO situational awareness:• Cameras in new positions• Night vision camera• Target tracking• ...
Remote Tower – visual trackingTracking of aircrafts
Remote Tower – visual trackingTracking of aircrafts
Remote Tower – visual trackingTracking of wild life, such as birds
Image Record & ReplayAll video data are recorded and stored for 30 daysIt includes all the 14 OTW cameras and the two zoom...
Alternative camerasCamera1Surveillance at interesting spots (combined with IR, tracking ..Camera2
Alternative camera – fog situationEnhanced situational awareness
Infrared cameraInfrared imaging provides a thermo graphic representationof the focused area. This could be used as a suppl...
Infrared camera in Værøy
OverlaysPicture-in-picture displayGeographical overlays
Overlay of weather informationWind rose RVR-values
Target recognition and anomaly detectionCamera1Camera1Alert to the ATCO/AFISO
Target recognition and anomaly detectionCamera1Camera1Alert to the ATCO/AFISO
Remote Tower – Research & DevelopmentSingle European Sky ATM Research - SESAR300 operational and technical projectsBudget ...
Validation site at VærøyVærøy heliport, RTC in BodøSESAR Trials in Dec 2012
Validation site at Værøy
Multiple controlled Remote TowerMultiple controlled Remote Tower is the ability for one person toprovide ATS for more then...
Multiple Airports in one CWP3 examples of OTW (Out of The Window view) konfig. Side by side presentationÖrnsköldsvik Sunds...
Multiple Airports in one CWPThree different airports in darkness
Multiple Airports in one CWPThe importance of new tools, such as geographical overlays
Multiple Airports in one CWPThe importance of new tools, such as geographical overlays, combined with IR
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  1. 1. Remote Towers – Aviation SeminarKari Fält Remote Tower Product ManagerSaab Sensis ATM Sweden23 May 2013
  2. 2. What is Remote TowerWhy? - ANSP Business CaseOn-going Remote Tower projectsResearch and DevelopmentAgenda
  3. 3. ATS is provided from a tower, located at the airportTraditional ATS
  4. 4. The ability to provide ATS from a remote locationRemote Tower
  5. 5. The tower view is captured with high resolution digital camerasRemote Tower – Tower View
  6. 6. The Out The (Tower) Window (OTW) view is presented for theATCO in the Controller Working Position (CWP)Remote Tower – CWP
  7. 7. A zoom camera replaces the ATCO binocularThe zoom camera is mounted on a Pan-Tilt robot device - PTZRemote Tower – PTZ camera
  8. 8. Remote Tower – PTZ camera
  9. 9. The airport sound is captured with 2 mics
  10. 10. CWP SystemsRemote Tower – CWPRadar FightPlanWeatherOTW viewVoiceCommunicationElectronicFlight StripsAirport SystemControlPTZ Control
  11. 11. All airport systems are remotely controlled/monitored:• Runway Lights• Emergency Alert• Navigation Aids• Radio Communication• Radar Data• Flight Plan information• Weather informationRemote Tower – Airport Systems• Weather information• …..
  12. 12. Remote Tower – Runway Lights
  13. 13. Remote Tower – Runway Lights
  14. 14. Remote Tower – Why?What is the idea of doing the same job from a location far awayfrom the airport?Customers and ANSP:s are increasingly concerned with the costfor the operationsMany small airports with few movements constantly shows redfiguresThe idea with remote tower is to co-locate the service in a centreThe idea with remote tower is to co-locate the service in a centrewhere a number of airports are controlled:• Cost reduction by more effective staffing• Flexibility, ability to open and close an airport when needed – ATS on demand• Increased safety, introduction of new tools, such as visual tracking and IRCost reduction with remote tower:• Establish remote tower instead of refurbishment or building a new tower• Contingency solution at larger airports
  15. 15. Remote Tower – Co-location of ATSCo-location of ATS for a number of airports in a centre – RemoteTower Centre (RTC)RTCRemote AirportRTCCWP inRTC
  16. 16. XRemote Tower for ContingencyXRemote Tower technology installation for backup reasonsOne or several masts combined with additional camera locationsReduction of insurance fees
  17. 17. Contingency Tower supporting local operationsEnhanced local operations by providing the ATCO:s with camera feedfrom the contingency tower mast and additional cameras, covering possibleblind spots.Alt.Alt.visualview
  18. 18. A great need to increase the number of airports, China, India and LatinAmericaInstead of building new towers, Remote Tower can be a cost effectivesolutionATS is provided from a facility on the ground at the airport, no need to buildan expensive tower buildingWhen infrastructure is available, such as communication links, the airportRemote Tower vs Traditional TowerWhen infrastructure is available, such as communication links, the airportcan be connected and controlled from a RTC
  19. 19. A number of shadow mode validations, since 2010Distance between the airport and RTC is 100 kmRemote Tower – validation
  20. 20. The remote tower (Ängelholm) is controlledfrom Malmö airport (approx 100 km)
  21. 21. Contract rewarded in January 2011Two airports Sundsvall and ÖrnsköldsvikThe RTC is located in SundsvallDelivery in Q3/Q4 2012Certification of the concept by LFV and theSwedish Safety Regulator Q3/Q4 2013Remote Tower – certifikation
  22. 22. Remote Tower in Sundsvall
  23. 23. The OTW view in RTC in Sundsvall
  24. 24. Focus on various environmental conditions
  25. 25. Camera house – environment controlCamera house capabilities, prevents:• Rain/Snow/Hail/Moisture/Dust• High/Low temperatures• Sunlight• Insects• Birds
  26. 26. Rain Prevention
  27. 27. Rain Prevention
  28. 28. Automatic digital brightness adjustmentBefore After
  29. 29. Sun light reduction with filtersWithout Filter WithFilter
  30. 30. Problem with salt on the camera window
  31. 31. Bird prevention
  32. 32. To increase safety and ATCO/AFISO situational awareness:• Cameras in new positions• Night vision camera• Target tracking• Runway incursion warnings• FOD warnings• OverlaysRemote Tower – new features• Overlays• Record and Replay of video
  33. 33. Remote Tower – visual trackingTracking of aircrafts
  34. 34. Remote Tower – visual trackingTracking of aircrafts
  35. 35. Remote Tower – visual trackingTracking of wild life, such as birds
  36. 36. Image Record & ReplayAll video data are recorded and stored for 30 daysIt includes all the 14 OTW cameras and the two zoom camerasVideo sequences can be replayed and further analyzed in caseof an incident or for training purposes
  37. 37. Alternative camerasCamera1Surveillance at interesting spots (combined with IR, tracking ..Camera2
  38. 38. Alternative camera – fog situationEnhanced situational awareness
  39. 39. Infrared cameraInfrared imaging provides a thermo graphic representationof the focused area. This could be used as a supplementto the regular cameras in a remote tower OTW view, to beused in darkness or in fog.
  40. 40. Infrared camera in Værøy
  41. 41. OverlaysPicture-in-picture displayGeographical overlays
  42. 42. Overlay of weather informationWind rose RVR-values
  43. 43. Target recognition and anomaly detectionCamera1Camera1Alert to the ATCO/AFISO
  44. 44. Target recognition and anomaly detectionCamera1Camera1Alert to the ATCO/AFISO
  45. 45. Remote Tower – Research & DevelopmentSingle European Sky ATM Research - SESAR300 operational and technical projectsBudget 2,1 BEuro4 Remote Tower related projectsLooking into the next generation of remote operations
  46. 46. Validation site at VærøyVærøy heliport, RTC in BodøSESAR Trials in Dec 2012
  47. 47. Validation site at Værøy
  48. 48. Multiple controlled Remote TowerMultiple controlled Remote Tower is the ability for one person toprovide ATS for more then one airport simultaneouslyAddressing low density airports, heliports and oil rigs3 SESAR simulations during 20132 validations at operational sites (Sweden and Norway) in 2014
  49. 49. Multiple Airports in one CWP3 examples of OTW (Out of The Window view) konfig. Side by side presentationÖrnsköldsvik Sundsvall LandvetterÖrnsköldsvikÖrnsköldsvikSundsvallSundsvallLandvetterLandvetter
  50. 50. Multiple Airports in one CWPThree different airports in darkness
  51. 51. Multiple Airports in one CWPThe importance of new tools, such as geographical overlays
  52. 52. Multiple Airports in one CWPThe importance of new tools, such as geographical overlays, combined with IR

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