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High-tech air traffic control tower has no people, but it does have security concerns

By Marcus Gilmer

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It’s such a weird thing to hear, it seems counter-intuitive: London City Airport is building a new air traffic control tower that will be completely digital and manned by a group of human controllers who will be over 100 miles away.

High-definition video will be transmitted to the remote location, providing the human controllers with 360-degree video and live sound so that the controllers will feel like they’re still at the airport even though they’re far away.

The big advantage here: the high-definition visuals, provided by over a dozen different “pan-tilt-zoom” cameras, will allow controllers to see things in finer details than they could with the naked eye with a 30X zoom, like spotting rogue drones that pose a danger. …

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