Lon­don City plans UK’s

Business Traveller - - UPFRONT -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from International

© PressReader. All rights reserved.