Norwegian airport operator Avinor has opened the new remote towers centre in Bodø, north of the Arctic Circle, Norway.

The world’s largest remote towers centre, which is a result of the collaboration between Avinor and KONGSBERG, is set to play a key role in maintaining a sustainable aviation structure in the future.

Avinor and KONGSBERG used complementing areas of expertise to build the system, which will strengthen the aviation sector.

Norwegian Minister of Transport and Communications Knut Arild Hareide said: “Digitalisation is an important part of Norway’s future and we are pleased that the aviation sector leads the way in this regard.”

Initially, last year, the first tower in Norway to be run through the remote towers technology was launched. Three more are planned to be implemented this year.

By 2022-end, a total of 15 airports in Norway will have the technology.

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The remote towers solution is economically sustainable and uses the latest technology.

Avinor CEO Dag Falk-Petersen said: “Avinor ensures the connectivity of Norway domestically and internationally. Our goal is to develop a more effective and sustainable aviation infrastructure through digitalisation and new technology.

“Remote towers will make aviation safer and more robust through utilising advanced technology. We already have two towers operating from the remote towers centre and will roll out a further 13 airport towers within the next two years.”

KONGSBERG Group CEO Geir Håøy said that the solution, which is expected to prove useful in society and emergency preparedness situations, has great potential.