Airservices debuts digital tower technology

UXF3CTRE9U8CSCWOG-1000x666Airservices will fit the latest Integrated Tower Automation Suite (INTAS) digital technology to existing air traffic control towers in the Gold Coast, Perth, Cairns and Brisbane as part of the continuing implementation of this world-leading technology around Australia.

The suite of tower technology combines flight and operational data, surveillance and voice communications into a single integrated, control tower-specific layout.

Airservices executive general manager, air traffic control, Greg Hood said that INTAS brought together operational information and systems currently provided by numerous computer screens and paper based systems throughout each control tower.

It will provide tower controllers with four customisable touch screens displaying electronic flight strips, operational information, weather, terminal area radar displays, and, where available, surface surveillance data.

“By transitioning away from a manual, paper based system, controllers are able to concentrate more on the visual surveillance of the airport and aircraft, leading to increased situational awareness and enhanced safety,” Hood said.

“It also provides controllers with greater information about airport operations, which can be used to enhance airport efficiency and ensure we are well placed to meet the estimated 60 per cent increase in traffic over the next 15 years,” Hood said.

The announcement follows the introduction of INTAS in newly constructed air traffic control towers in Broome, Rockhampton, Adelaide and Melbourne.

“We planned the implementation of this latest technology so that we would have a large amount of experience prior to installation in an operational control tower,” Hood said.

“Due to our safety culture and this previous experience we are in an excellent position to manage this transition to minimise any disruption to operations and continue to operate safely, which is our highest priority.”

In addition to the new technology, each of the towers will also receive upgrades to a range of other systems, including mechanical, electrical, fire and water services.

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