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PJ05 Remote Tower Report Summary

Project ID: 730195
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.4.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - PJ05 Remote Tower (Remote Tower for Multiple Airports)

Reporting period: 2016-11-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

Providing air traffic control (ATC) for aerodromes is a high quality and safety critical job. It needs Air Traffic Controllers and solid minimal functional equipment resulting in high fixed costs to provide the service. Other costs e.g. for maintenance of systems and old tower buildings also need to be considered resulting a critical cost benefit case for small to medium sized aerodromes. For example in rural regions where the airport is an important part of the infrastructure (often high speed trains are impossible due to low population numbers or geographical reasons) it is hardly possible to increase the turnover, the challenge is to reduce cost in order to keep these airports and to keep the regions flourishing for both businesses and people.
The Remote Tower concept has a possibility to tackle several of the challenges for airports across Europe. The concept is changing the possibility to provide a more service tailored and dynamic provision of Air Traffic Services (ATS). The concept relies on cost efficient optical camera solutions, whose video images are relayed to a remote facility, situated anywhere, to be displayed on a video presentation in order to enable the provision of ATS from that remote facility. The concept can host several aerodromes connected to the remote location enabling a Remote Tower Centre.
SESAR 2020 and PJ.05 has as main goal to develop the Multiple Remote Tower Concept and an efficient Remote Tower Centre. This is made through validations where one controller from a single Remote Tower Module controls up to three aerodromes. A flexible allocation of aerodromes between controllers and Remote Tower Modules increases the efficiency within the Remote Tower Centre.
“Single” remote tower solutions have already been deployed through the predecessor SESAR 1 projects, but more significant impacts in flexibility and cost-efficiency are to be expected with “multiple” remote control out of a remote tower centre that was only partly covered so far. PJ05 will bring the multiple/centre concept to a higher maturity level. PJ.05 has several contributing European organisations: ANSPs, industries, research institutes and stakeholders provide their competence to broaden the results. The variety of partners and validation activities within PJ05 will help to reflect the variety of operational needs and technical solutions, which in the end of the project will consolidate into a broad SESAR2020 PJ05 solution available for European airports. The complete work is structured in a collaborative way throughout all work packages and will ensure the transfer of knowledge and know-how between all participants and external to SESAR2020 projects.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Main effort was spent with administrative activities so far like technical and financial reporting activities, two grant amendment processes, Kick-off and Progress Meetings, Stellar platform training and implementation activities, Training activities for SESAR2020 used tools like MEGA/SE-DMF, EATMA, and OI/EN Change request activities, and coordination with WP19, WP20, and WP22 in terms of workshops and WebEx meetings regarding for instance security and performance related issues. Main technically results focus on management deliverables (PMP incl. updated Project schedule, Ethic reports) and technical deliverables such as OSED, TS, AN, and VALP documents have been drafted in preparation of the ongoing validation activities in 2018 after that PJ05 will come up with results and progress beyond the state of the art.
For all the details just refer to the submitted and approved Quarterly Progress Reports D1.3, D1.4, D1.5 in which the main results has already been reported and therefore has not to be repeated here again.
For the period of 1/10/2017 – 31/12/2018, which is not covered by a narrative quarterly progress report the main achievements were the following (see also Part B of this technical report):
• Start of the WP2 V2 validation phase with 4 exercises in total, from which one was completed within this reporting period in between 13/11/2017 and 21/11/2017. It was a human in the loop real time simulation in which one controller provided control to three different airports simultaneously. The validation exercise was followed with an open day event with over 30 remote tower experts from all over the world.
• The 2nd Grant Amendment AMD-730195-17 has been processed, reviewed, approved, signed by the project coordinator and countersign by EC and brought into force (due to an inconsistent termination date in between of the withdrawing Partner Thales and ist LTP searidge, this Grant amendment had to be opened again to correct this issue. So far it is in the hand of SJU/EU and the SJU announce that the Grant Amendment can be assumed as approved and in force. Therefore the technical reporting bases on the this recent Grant Amendment)

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

"Since PJ05 is still in the preparatory phase there is no progress beyond the state of the art yet. Expected results are to be expected in 2018 and 2019, which will then have a positive socio-economic impact refer to the overall objectives of PJ05: Maintaining ATS at small airports is often crucial to keep rural and remote regions vivid and attractive for people to inhabit. It also allows local industry to grow through continued operations within the regional economic network. SESAR2020 IR Project ""PJ05 Remote Tower"" will go one step beyond SESAR1 validated concept of Remote Tower by reducing cost in a significant manner through multiple remote towers operations. In addition, ATS safety will be enhanced through state-of-the-art technologies such as augmented visual presentations increasing controller situational awareness under adverse conditions."
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