Remote Tower Services – safeguarding municipal infrastructure

Remote and digital tower services are leading the development of aviation infrastructure for airports of all sizes. For regional airports, this helps to create better conditions for communities and local businesses.

When smaller airports were faced with stricter requirements for cost-effectiveness, new regulations, and competition from other modes of transport, the private and public sectors started collaborating to find more efficient ways of managing air traffic control.

Business and public administration in all communities require modern systems to be effective and to continue developing. This helps to reduce rural-urban migration and encourages migration in the opposite direction, which is beneficial for society. With temote tower services, airports will be able to survive and form a basis for existing and future infrastructure. The technology enables airports to continue to operate and offer longer business hours. Access to an airport is crucial for emergency medical transport, in the event of natural disasters and for other community operations; the command centre is available around the clock. Operational capability at major airports must be safeguarded – any disruption to operations can have substantial impact on infrastructure and communities.

Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions AB and Storuman Municipality have signed a letter of intent regarding the establishment of the world's first Remote Tower Centre for smaller regional airports (AFIS). Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions and Storuman Municipality will initiate a feasibility study aimed at establishing a ”Remote AFIS Centre” for remote tower services and digital air traffic control services for smaller regional airports. The development of the technology and methodology will initially be carried out at Hemavan Tärnaby Airport, with the objective of expanding the dialogue to several other airports.

"Interest is growing for digital air traffic solutions for all types of airports, owing to requirements for increased safety, greater flexibility and reduced costs. Storuman Municipality is a good partner with solid conditions for establishing the world's first Remote AFIS Centre," says Johan Klintberg, CEO of Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions.

Remote tower services help airports create better conditions in order to ensure that many municipalities have access to infrastructure, which benefits regional development and allows for a vibrant economy across Sweden.

Remote tower services and digital technology also follow societal development and create flexible, effective and safe aviation services´.

"It pleases me that Storuman Municipality is an important resource in developing solutions for regional airports.  We consider this to be a strategic investment in which we, together with other airports, are able to contribute to societal development. At the same time, we recognise that this is of great benefit to our own airport, Hemavan Tärnaby Airport," says Tomas Mörtsell, Chair of Storuman Municipal Council.

Sweden is the first country in the world to use a new digital model for remote air traffic control. This was achieved through a unique collaboration between Swedish government agencies (LFV, the Swedish Transport Agency) and industry (the defence and security company Saab). In 2016, Saab and LFV jointly established a new company; Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions. This means that we not only have 80 years of technical excellence from Saab, but also unique operational experience from the authorities. This has proven successful, and system is approved by the Swedish Transport Agency and is in operation.

Digitalisation creates better conditions for airports to safeguard municipal infrastructure while also contributing to a vibrant economy across Sweden.


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