Raytheon Teams with Frequentis on Remote Virtual Towers for Airports
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | Comments

Raytheon signed a teaming agreement with Frequentis, an air traffic communications provider, to modernize civil airport operations in the United States using remote virtual tower (RVT) technology.

Supporting civil airports of all sizes and complexity, RVTs provide an affordable alternative to brick-and-mortar towers by using video-based air traffic services.

“These tower systems could significantly increase the safety and efficiency of airport operations in locations that either don't have towers today or have towers that need expensive renovations," said Matt Gilligan, Raytheon intelligence, information and services vice president. "Remote virtual towers could also help boost local economies by allowing smaller civilian airports to extend their hours and expand their range of services."

RVTs give air traffic controllers the ability to offer equivalent control tower services from an off-airport location, potentially supporting multiple airports from a single, central location. The towers can accommodate a mixed fleet of aircraft and different airport configurations with varying traffic levels and weather conditions.

RVTs offer customizable frameworks for various operating needs and budgets, receive live video feeds from cameras positioned around remote airfields and use 360-degree high-resolution cameras to produce images that are stitched together and displayed along several monitors to create panoramic views of airport runways and taxiways. They also provide an enhanced out-of-window view for controllers to observe and manage air traffic and enable air navigation service providers to deliver air traffic control and information services to safely manage single or multiple airports.

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