[Avionics Today 06-02-2015] Saab has signed a contract with the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) to deliver a Remote Tower Centre (RTC) to Dublin Airport and the corresponding remote tower installations at Cork and Shannon Airport. Electronic Flight Strips (EFS), a system that shows onscreen information of the planned air traffic and replaces the traditional system with paper strips in air traffic control towers, are also included in the order and will be installed at all three airports.
Saab’s Remote Tower installation at Cork and Shannon will be operated from Dublin Remote Tower Centre and will be a part of the large-scale evaluation carried out by Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR). The EFS will be installed in the towers at Cork, Shannon and Dublin Airport.
The Saab remote tower product suite includes high definition cameras and pan-tilt-zoom cameras, surveillance and meteorological sensors, microphones, signal light guns and other devices for deployment at the airport. Data from these sensors are sent to a RTC to be displayed in real time. A controller at the RTC has the tools, in addition to live video, to operate the airport in a similar manner as he or she would in a normal Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower.