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Sweden Successfully Launches First Remote Tower Services

By Juliet Van Wagenen | April 22, 2015
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Camera used in remote tower operations
Camera used in remote tower operations. Photo: LFV

[Avionics Today 04-22-2015] Sweden’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), Luftfartsverket (LFV) has become the first ANSP to manage an airport remotely. LFV launched remote tower services at Ornskoldsvik Airport on April 21 with takeoffs and landings controlled from a Remote Tower Center (RTC) in Sundsvall, Sweden more than 60 miles away.

The system, which received final operational approval from the Swedish Transport Agency last November, works with a group of cameras and sensors deployed at the airport, which provides real-time data to the Sundsvall RTC. LFV worked with Saab to make the remote tower a reality, installing new technologies such as high-definition fixed cameras, controllable (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras, video compression and encryption along with remote control of airfield lighting to effectively implement the remote tower operations.

LFV next plans to implement remote tower services at Sundsvall-Timra Airport.

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