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LONDON CITY AIRPORT is to replace its 30-year-old control tower with a new remotely operated digital version in 2019.
In a first for a UK airport, the tower will feature 14 HD cameras and two pan-tilt-zoom cameras, providing a 360-degree view of the airfield “in a level of detail greater than the human eye and with new viewing tools that will improve air traffic management”.
A live feed of the view will be sent via secure super-fast fibre networks to a new NATS control room 160km away in Swanwick, from where air traffic controllers will perform their operational duties.
LCY said the technology would provide “a seamless panoramic moving image” and would “significantly improve a controller’s situational awareness, enabling quick and informed decisions that thereby offer safety and operational benefits for the airport”.
The 50-metre tower will be built next year in the airport’s long-stay car park. A year of testing and training will then take place before it becomes operational in 2019.