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Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions

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Get the full delivery. Get in touch to start your journey towards a digital tower solution.

Per Ahl

CEO Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions

Niclas Gustavsson

Vice President Business Development & Governmental affairs Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions

Johan Landin

Vice President Head of Marketing & Sales Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions

Solutions

Getting a digital tower solution approved by authorities and up and running at airports in different parts of the world clearly demands innovative technical excellence. But that alone is not enough.

With more than 5 years’ experience of running an outstanding technical digital tower solution in live operation, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions
(SDATS) can offer all kinds of support needed to get a digital tower solution started and kept running. Working with everything from initial operational,
technical and business case analysis and implementation, to training and organization change management, SDATS provides the full delivery.

We’re backed by thousands of hours of developing, establishing, and running digital towers. It’s this expertise that is seamlessly integrated into your project when you choose SDATS as your partner for your ATC business transformation. It’s what helps you take that step into the future.

The first remotely controlled airports in the world were developed and brought into operation by LFV and Saab and have now been in operation since April 21st, 2015. Approved by the Swedish Transport Agency according to the same regulations as conventional air traffic control.

By now, this innovative system has been tested in all kinds of harsh environments and has been installed in different parts of the world.

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Why a digital tower?

Moving on from conventional towers to digital tower technology drives change in a number of ways:
• Increased operational efficiency
• Increased productivity through centralization
• Safety enhancements
• Increased flexibility
• Reduced maintenance and enhanced systems support functions
• New ways of working for ATCO, technicians and managers
• Ability to add functions in line with the digital evolution in ATM
• New business models and services possible

In a digital tower centre, personnel handling different towers are gathered in one site, increasing availability and flexibility:
• 24H availability
• Open and close on demand
• Streamlined systems to ease training, maintenance
• Flexibility of staffing
• Back-up for each other
• Improved safety nets and tools
• Operational analysis, environmental monitoring
• System analysis and integration

Let large airports expand, keep small airports open.

Our solutions give greater flexibility, enhanced security and reduced costs for all airports. Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions can offer both single and multiple runway solutions, as well as remote operations centre solutions and special deployable solutions.

Digital tower capabilities for the evolving market

• Single RWY Solutions
• Multiple RWY Solutions
• Remote Operations Centre Solutions
• Special Deployable Solutions
• Surface Movement Radar (SMR)
and multilateration integrated towers
• Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System
(A-SMCGS) and Electronic Flight Strips (E-STRIP)
• Security and resource management
• Integrated communications
• Ramp control
• Vehicle management
• Digital aerodrome
• Surface & departure management
• Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM)

The world is at the beginning of an exciting journey, where digital air traffic management will evolve into distributed situational awareness through the use of new technology. Saab is your partner for ATC Business Transformation.

  • Surface Movement Radar (SMR) and multilateration integrated towers
  • Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMCGS) and Electronic Flight Strips (E-STRIP)
  • Security and resource management
  • Integrated communications
  • Ramp control
  • Vehicle management
  • Digital aerodrome
  • Surface & departure management
  • Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM)

 

References

The world's first remote towers, delivered and approved for operation

The first remotely controlled airports in the world were developed and brought into operation by Saab and have now been in operation since April 21st, 2015. Approved by the Swedish Transport Agency according to the same regulations as conventional air traffic control. By now, this innovative system has been tested in all kinds of harsh environments and has been installed in different parts of the world.

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UK

London City Airport and NATS have chosen Saab as the technology provider for a test installation to remotely control London City Airport.

Cranfield University, one of the top four commercial research universities in United Kingdom, selected Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions to deliver a digital air traffic control system to Cranfield Airport

Ireland, Cork and Shannon

In 2015 Saab signed a contract with Irish Aviation Authority for a RTC with multiple operations in Dublin controlling Cork and Shannon airports.

US, Leesburg Airport

Trials are currently being conducted at Leesburg, VA in the United States.

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The Netherlands, Schipol, Groningen

Due to a combination of being a long distance away as well as partly hidden from the traditional tower, we have a remote runway system installed at Schiphol airport monitoring their fifth runway.

Sweden, Örnsköldsvik, Sundsvall

Since April 2015 the airport in Örnsköldsvik has been controlled via the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider (LFV) Remote Tower Centre (RTC) in Sundsvall, and since November 2016 Sundsvall Timrå Airport has also been controlled via the same RTC in Sundsvall. Linköping airport in Sweden will become operational as the third such airport.

In December 2016 a letter of intent was signed with Scandinavian Mountains Airport AB to provide remote air traffic services to the airport located at Rörbäcksnäs between Sälen, Sweden and Trysil, Norway. When the contract is signed, it be the first airport in the world built without a conventional air traffic control tower.

In November 2017 Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions was selected by LFV to provide the second generation of remote digital air traffic control to the airports in Malmö, Östersund, Umeå and Kiruna.

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Contingency operations, Swedavia, Sweden

Contingency trials have been conducted within the SESAR framework at Landvetter Airport, the second largest airport in Sweden. Unplanned events such as systems failure, fire or threat to the tower building can heavily reduce the capacity of the airport or force it to close, which would have severe effects on the air traffic in the region.

The trials showed that investment in Saab Remote Tower technology is a cost-efficient contingency alternative. In addition, it supports a high traffic capacity by providing the controllers with a high quality live video feed of the maneuvering area and aerodrome in the vicinity of the airport.

Media

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Video

r-TWR Talks - Top 5 lessons learned

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Top class technology is only half the delivery (Download)

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Going operational (Download)

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Advice on digital towers (Download)

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Working with a digital tower (Download)

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