The rise of digital towers



LONDON CITY is to become the first airport in the UK to install digital air traffic control tower technology.

The system will include 14 highdefinition and two pan-zoom-tilt cameras mounted on a 164ft (50m) structure to be built in the car park to the south of the runway midpoint.

Data will be transferred via secure super-fast fibre networks to a new control room at the NATS (National Air Traffic Services) control centre in Swanwick, where it will be presented as seamless panoramic moving images on 14 HD screens. Audio, weather and radar data – including aircraft call signs – will be integrated into the display to increase air traffic controllers’ situational awareness.

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