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A remote control tower for the Scandinavian mountains airport

The new facility will be presented in December

The Scandinavian Mountains airport in Dalarna on the border between Sweden and Norway is one of the first airports in the world to use remote air traffic control technology: operators are not present on site but in a building about 300 kilometers away distance. "The idea of a virtual tower has been around for a while", said R. John Hansman, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). The Swedish defense company Saab has been experimenting with remote monitoring of air traffic for about a decade, with tests taking place in Ireland, the United States and Australia, but with the Scandinavian mountains airport it will be put into practice: several cameras and sensors transmit the data from a control center in Sundsvall, central Sweden. "From a technological point of view we have better surveillance", explains Hansman. High definition and augmented reality screens offer operators a detailed and 360 degree view in real time. Another advantage is better night vision and in adverse weather conditions. The airport will open in December 2019.

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