Altitude Angel and Saab partner on digital tower technology, enhance situational awareness

Uncrewed Traffic Management (UTM) company Altitude Angel has formed a partnership with Saab to integrate Altitude Angel’s UTM technology platform as part of Saab’s Digital Tower (r-TWR) offering.

Saab’s r-TWR is a next-generation digital tower solution, which builds on proven Saab video processing, visual presentation, and automation solutions. The Saab r-TWR is a flexible and scalable solution for a broad range of use cases and is already deployed for civil and military airports in Sweden, UK, US, and Germany and with implementations on going in Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, and Romania. 

With the formal partnership agreement in place, Altitude Angel will begin integrating its GuardianUTM services into the r-TWR digital tower solution offered by Saab, allowing ANSPs and appropriate stakeholders to digitally authorise and manage uncrewed flights in conjunction with crewed flights, directly communicating authorisation, clearance, and in-flight instructions to provide enhanced situational awareness of drone operations. 

Richard Ellis, Altitude Angel, Chief Business Officer, said: “We’ve been working with Saab Tower Systems and Saab (operating the world’s first Digital Tower Centre in Sundsvall, Sweden) for some time and I’m excited to announce the formal partnership agreement. Our partnership with Saab allows us to seamlessly fuse cutting-edge ATM and UTM technologies in one innovative offering reducing time, effort, and complexity for airports, ANSPs, and drone operators to safely carry out operations integrated into the airspace.  

“Through the integration of GuardianUTM, Saab will be able to provide Digital Towers which are equipped and ready for the demands of our future skies, as the use of drones increases and Urban Air Mobility through eVTOL aircraft becomes a day-to-day occurrence.”  

(Image: Saab, Stefan Kalm)

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