Remote Tower goes on air
The Budapest project created a powerful solution that piloted airplanes safely and reliably through the landing and take-off phases and took advantage of the satellite-based arrival and departure procedures. All of the above is controlled from a remote control room – the Remote Tower. For the technical implementation this meant designing new, modern and efficient workstations for improved workflows as well as implementing the exact requirements for redundancy, safety, productivity and optimized ways of maintenance. Here, a huge video wall with 32 monitors displaying the surveillance images of all thermal cameras installed at the airport and monitoring the airport operation around the clock played a central role. For the sophisticated KVM concept, one opted for systems from Guntermann & Drunck GmbH (G&D).
Ready for take-off
Hungary's remote tower concept is based on the integration of a brand new A-SMGCS ground monitoring system and a camera network installed at several locations at the airport. Around the clock cutting-edge thermal cameras are transmitting video feeds to four video wall servers. Using a ControlCenter-Digital KVM matrix, the feeds are displayed on the control room video wall. This way, the airport apron and runways are always visualized. A video wall consisting of 32 screens does not only provide ATCOs with comprehensive visual information, but also offers an overview of the entire airport. A mirrored, redundant video wall server system can be accessed via KVM matrix simply by pressing a button and ensures that the complete airport apron can still be monitored, even in case of a fault.
In order to optimally implement the requirements for safety, redundancy, productivity and optimized maintenance, Hungarian integrators StudioTech developed a concept for the redundant KVM setup of the control computers and their spatial removal from the control room.