Global technology and consulting firm Indra is ready to begin onsite installation work for an integrated tower solution that will provide remote management at Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport (BUD) in Hungary.

Indra secured the contract from the Hungarian air navigation service provider, HungaroControl, to manage air traffic at BUD from a remote location last October.

Once completed, it is said that BUD will become the first European capital airport to be entirely handled by air traffic controllers stationed outside of the airport area.

Under the contract, Indra will deliver a complete integrated tower system along with an air and ground traffic situation display.

It also agreed to supply a label-based flight plan system with flight list, advanced routing functions and extended safety logic, as well as cameras and digital remote tower systems. 

Furthermore, Indra will provide a contingency remote tower with simulator and training system as well as an integrated heads-down display and optical solution.

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The new remote tower solution is expected to become operational in 2024.

Indra believes that the project will serve as a reference for larger airports’ digital remote control.

In a statement, the company said: “The InNOVA Tower System, already in use at Avinor’s Remote Tower Centre in Norway, integrates all relevant information, air traffic control functionalities and safety functions into a single display.

“The IRTOS optical solution will provide the air traffic controllers a seamless 4K panoramic image, with virtual overlays and colour night vision.

“With this complete and integrated solution, Indra will contribute to enhancing safety and the operational efficiency. “