A remotely operated digital system which has already been tested in Australia, Sweden, Norway and Ireland will be installed on London City airport. That means that controllers will be 80 miles away, watching live footage of the runways from high-definition cameras, instead of sitting in a tower at the airport.
The technology has been developed by Saab, the Swedish defense and security company, and will be introduced as part of a £350m development program to upgrade London City Airport.It’s a better solution, because the system because it will provide controllers with a 360-degree view of the airfield via 14 high-definition cameras and two cameras which are able to pan, tilt and zoom. The operations room will be at the Hampshire base of Nats, Britain's air traffic control provide, linked to the airport via fiber cables. The new system will be tested for one year, becoming operational in 2019. This solution was first applied in Sweden at Ornskoldsvik Airport. London City Airport is the only airport in London, located in the Royal Docks in the London Borough of Newham. The largest aircraft which can be used at the airport is the Airbus A318. Due to the airport's proximity to Central London, it has stringent rules imposed to limit the noise impact from aircraft operations.