ATM Modernization

DFS Takes ATM Remote with Frequentis Virtual Tower

By Nick Zazulia | February 5, 2018

Frequentis Virtual Tower

The remote tower is located 250 miles away from the airport it serves. Photo courtesy of Frequentis

The new Frequentis AG remote virtual tower will use infrared and digital cameras to help digitize air traffic control at West Germany’s Saarbrücken Airport.

The Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS), the company that runs Germany’s ATM, has completed onsite testing for the tower, which will operate from Leipzig, about 250 miles to the Northeast. Frequentis, which partnered with DFS to develop the remote tower and bring it to Germany, said that it should be ready for deployment and operation by late 2018, once it gains approval from the German Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services.

“The potential for increased efficiency and reduced costs in the industry are driving the implementation around the world,” said Frequentis VP of ATM Hannu Juurakko.

Ultimately, Frequentis said it hopes this and other easily implementable fruits from the partnership between the two companies will be popular on the global market.

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