Norway’s Avinor Air Navigation Services has commenced the construction for what will become the world’s largest remote towers centre, controlling the air traffic at 15 airports from the Arctic city of Bodø.

  • Ove Ronny Haraldsen
    Group Communication Manager

-This is an key milestone for international aviation, and mark the beginning of an important innovation program. The new Remote Towers Centre in Bodø, Norway is an MNOK 110 investment (about €11 millions) and will become a nerve centre for aviation from 2020, says Anders Kirsebom, CEO of Avinor Air Navigation Services.

-The Remote Towers Centre will run on the Ninox Remote Towers platform. When complete, it will provide more flexibility and better accessibility to 15 airports, which spreads across a vast geographic area of Norway. As a result, the new Remote Towers Centre will open up the possibility to increase the opening hours of smaller airports, ensuring better access for ambulance flights and business development alike for small Arctic communities. Today these airports often have to keep closed for parts of the day, due to the lack of staff, says Kirsebom.

The Avinor Air Navigation Services Remote Tower Centre will replace conventional towers at 15 airports, using hi-tech military technology.

The NINOX Electro-Optical Sensor Suite (EOSS) from KONGSBERG, consists of a rotating platform housing a visual and infrared 360° camera and a pan-tilt platform housing a visual zoom camera, a fixed lens IR camera, a laser range finder and signal lamp. Photo: Catchlight Fotostudio.

-We are implementing the Ninox Remote Towers platform together with the Kongsberg Group and Indra. One of the success factors for this project is that the new platform will provide an equal or better safety level compared to that of conventional towers. We therefore take the time needed to make this right, following the aviation sector’s mantra “safety always trumps time”, Kirsebom explains.

-The Ninox Remote Towers platform includes the use of IR technology (infrared camera) and MTI technology (Moving Target Indicator), which detects moving objects in the airspace or on the ground. This includes drones, birds, humans, cars or other objects which can represent a danger to air traffic, says Kirsebom.