Changi airport is setting up a smart digital tower to guide the take-offs and landings.
As the first step, UK-based air traffic management service provider NATS is awarded the task to build a small digital tower to have a trial run for about one year at a cost of S$7million so that Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore will evaluate the operational feasibility of the smart digital tower.
The trial is expected to start next year, which will employ advanced camera and video stitching technologies. It will enable better display of information. For instance, the video cameras can automatically pan, tilt, and zoom, to enable a closer look at objects or areas of interest. These multiple fixed-position cameras will feed live video images onto a large video wall which will provide a similar view to what air traffic controllers currently see from a physical control tower.
CAAS director-general Kevin Shum said: “Corresponding with Singapore’s Smart Nation drive, we are leveraging digital technology to transform the aviation industry in Singapore in many different ways.”