Remotely-operated towers: a unique solution for air traffic control

LFV and Saab have together developed an operative and technical solution for remote tower services which culminates in the first facility in the world being granted a licence for operations. This is a pioneering, Swedish-developed product for remote air traffic management, ready for launch in the first quarter of 2014.

“This is totally new and ground-breaking technology within the industry. Remote Tower Services gives LFV the opportunity to both securely deliver services and reduce costs for our customers,” explains Marketing Manager, Niclas Gustavsson.

“Interest has been phenomenal. This week we will demonstrate the system to potential interested parties from 25 different countries. Saab has successfully created an entirely new global market for remote tower services which doesn’t pose technical issues anymore but is rather a question of implementation,” says Per Ahl, Marketing Manager Air Traffic Management. 

Rather than looking through the window at the aircraft, you see them on the screen. Cameras and sensors are strategically placed at the airport and everything they register is linked in real time to air traffic control and projected on 360 degree screens. At air traffic control, the air traffic controller controls and steers air traffic just like in the tower. 

The technology is now ready to be launched operationally in Sundsvall where the air traffic control centre is located and Örnsköldsvik Airport. The Swedish Transport Agency aims to grant the licence for operations during January. Örnsköldsvik will be the first airport in the world to be controlled from a distance.

 LFV is a public enterprise which is responsible for air traffic services in Swedish airspace. Every year around 700,000 flights are handled. LFV also has operations abroad.  The turnover is around SEK 3 billion and LFV employs 1,300 staff.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions ranging from military defence to civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents and constantly develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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For further information, please contact:
Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018,


The following high resolution images are available for download

Remote Tower - Avinor - Bodo RTC

Remote Tower -  Camera housing

Remote Tower - LFV - Sundsvall camera mast