DFS selects FREQUENTIS smartVISION solution to implement a revolutionary remote tower system at three airports across Germany

2 June 2015

After an intense tender phase including several field tests, the German air navigation service provider, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung, has chosen Frequentis to equip Saarbrücken Airport with its innovative remote tower solution. The go-live is planned for 2017, with the airports in Erfurt and Dresden to follow. All three airports will be operated remotely from a remote tower centre located at Leipzig Tower.

The use of remote towers is one of the major trends in the global Air Traffic Management (ATM) industry. Airlines are demanding efficiency gains in the ATM system, forcing Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) and airport operators to rethink the way they operate Air Traffic Control today. Since smartVISION’s launch at the World ATM Congress in Madrid two years ago, the solution has aroused great interest within the industry. Its first successful civilian and military trials were conducted at Dresden Airport, Germany, as well as at Hinterstoisser Air Base in Zeltweg, Austria. Now DFS has contracted the Frequentis experts with the design and implementation of this remote tower solution.

Alexander Koch, Director Tower at DFS, is satisfied with the decision: “For DFS the integration of the three Tower units at the airports in Saarbrücken, Erfurt and Dresden into the Remote Tower Centre in Leipzig means a step ahead in implementing new technologies set to boost our efficiency. Frequentis, a company with a sound track record in delivering large-scale ATM projects, had submitted a proposal, which was considered superior to submissions from all other contenders. We associate the Frequentis brand with outstanding innovation and the highest quality and reliability.”

Hannu Juurakko, Vice President Air Traffic Management Civil at Frequentis, proudly announces: “This contract award underpins our excellent performance. We are thrilled to support DFS in bringing advanced RTC technology to bear in the German airspace system.”



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