London airport will get rid of the control tower and go to remote control

London City Airport is planning to increase the capacity of the facility until 2030, but they are not able to build anything. The tight borders of the airport cannot be moved, there is no room for the second runway, and the tower with the controllers will have to be removed a priori. They will be transferred to the command bunker 30 km from the airport - there was no site closer.

Lack of land is a key factor in implementing remote air traffic control at an airport, but it is not the only one. Each specialist receives a workplace with a complex of monitors, on which a 360-degree picture from surveillance cameras is compressed to 270 degrees. You don't have to turn your head and run from window to window to see and control everything.

All cameras are equipped with weather protection, self-cleaning systems, shading to protect from sunlight and auto-correction of image capture - if one of the cameras fails, others are immediately reconfigured. The promised minimum ping, backup of all data, the ability to connect sensors and a redundant camera belt. But the most important thing is that now information about the situation at the airport will be transmitted entirely in digital format.

This means that you can add all the information about it to a picture of an airplane on the monitor or to any other object with one click. Send data anywhere, monitor the situation remotely, connect third-party computing power, if necessary, process a lot of incoming information at once. In theory, all this will make air travel easier and more reliable.