With air traffic levels forecasted to double by 2020, HungaroControl decided to introduce remote services to help them tend to the future growth and associated challenges.
The Searidge Remote Tower solution has been implemented in a medium-sized airport environment, providing controllers with a live, panoramic stitched view of both runways and the apron area at Budapest Airport (BUD). The air traffic control information is presented to controllers on a customized video wall that incorporates a fully tailored human machine interface. In addition, the integration of Searidge’s advanced video processing system and Indra Navia’s Advanced Surface Movement Guidance and Control System (A-SMGCS) provides seamless radar coverage, customized data overlays and automated functionality such as target auto-follow.
Status: Successful Live Trials
In 2017, live trials were conducted. Budapest Airport was the first Remote Tower of its size and complexity, managing close to 600 movements during the trial period. The trial included more than 500 hours in active and passive modes, without any limitation or constraints regarding the scheduled traffic. A total of 13 air traffic controllers participated in the trial.
The system is expected to be in operation late 2017.
Controllers Agreed That:
- The video wall provides reliable, visual information
- Workload does not change significantly as a result of the new equipment
- They are able to handle the peak hour traffic from the Remote Tower facility
- The new functions of the controller working positions provide useful and reliable information and control options