Kongsberg Geospatial to equip NAV Canada’s digital air traffic services programme

Kongsberg Geospatial, provider of real-time software technology for air traffic services and defence applications, supported by Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace and Avinor, has announced the award of a framework contract by NAV CANADA, to provide air traffic services digital tower technology for a digital aerodrome air traffic services programme.  The multi-year contract, when fully implemented by NAV CANADA with Kongsberg Geospatial as the prime partner, will provide the technology to replace selected air traffic control (ATC) towers and flight service stations across Canada with sensor data remoted into the planned digital hubs.

The NAV CANADA DAATS programme is a multi-year implementation process with a strategy to re-imagine how NAV CANADA delivers air traffic services, and where it will deliver services from. The digital air traffic service tower and hub facilities to be implemented by Kongsberg are key components. Digital facilities use advanced camera technology at airports to provide identical or enhanced local services from digital hubs that are location independent from an airport. 

Kongsberg’s Digital Towers system includes the Electro-Optical Sensor Suite, which consists of a rotating platform housing a visual and infrared 360° camera and a pan-tilt platform housing a visual zoom camera, a fixed lens IR camera, a laser range finder and signal lamp. Kongsberg says the system has low bandwidth requirements.  

The initial digital facility within DAATS has been announced by NAV CANADA to serve the Kingston, Ontario Airport and will be used to refine and evaluate technology and operating procedures. This work will provide a foundation for the creation of a potential digital hub in Kingston that would provide air traffic services to airports in other communities starting in four- to six-years’ time. 

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