Voice communication systems for remote tower control

Voice communication systems for remote tower control

Remote tower technology: for air-to-ground and ground-to-ground communications

Today’s continuously increasing air traffic volume presents air traffic control (ATC) with ever-greater challenges, including air traffic safety, efficiency, environmental compatibility and especially cost effectiveness.
With Single European Sky and in particular Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR), the European Commission and EUROCONTROL have started key projects to promote these developments.
An integral part of these concepts is remote tower technology that enables individual towers to be remotely controlled from central locations over distances of several hundred or a thousand kilometers. A redundant, IP based voice communications system (VCS) at a central location dynamically connects to air-to-ground and ground-to-ground communications resources at various airports.
The installation of a VoIP system in which the intelligence is distributed over various devices significantly increases reliability and availability since the failure of individual system components has no effect on the operation of the rest of system. Other advantages include increased flexibility in ATC operations and more efficient services for passengers and other airport users.

Economic benefits
Remote tower technology provides significant economic benefits. It dramatically reduces investment and operating costs. Synergy effects for procurement, operation and maintenance result from the fact that the same IP infrastructure can be used simultaneously for a large number of applications (including voice, video and weather).
The remote tower technology can be integrated into an existing IP infrastructure. Thanks to its fully IP based system architecture, scalability and distributed infrastructure, the R&S® VCS is ideal for remote tower applications.

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