Danish airport rolls out Frequentis air traffic tech


Denmark’s air navigation service provider Naviair has announced that it will deploy Frequentis’ integrated remote digital tower (RDT) and approach automation solution (PRISMA APP).

According to Frequentis, this is the first time that both RDT and PRISMA services have been combined as one integrated system. The initial deployment will take place at Billund, which is Denmark’s second largest airport.

The roll-out will include “high resolution panorama view - and pan tilt zoom - cameras, based on visual and infrared sensors, as well as automatic object detection to increase situational awareness.” The approach solution meanwhile is designed to "autonomously process flight plan data and surveillance data for air traffic services," with functionality including short-term conflict detection, area proximity warnings and minimum safe altitude warnings.

Speaking of the technology, Carsten Fich, CEO, Naviair, said: “The remote tower center at Billund will manage surrounding air traffic, with the intention of providing central air traffic control to other regional airports, instead of locally. Locating all air traffic control operators in the same facility will allow for flexibility to be improved.”

Frequentis vice president ATM civil, Hannu Juurakko said: “Our remote digital tower solution is already widely deployed, providing air traffic controllers with advanced visual surveillance. Adding automation and approach integration will allow better decision making, reduce controller workload and increase safety.”

The centre will be ‘multi-remote tower ready’, meaning that further airports can be added in future. The Billund centre is expected to be operational in 2022.

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