UK’s air navigation service provider (ANSP) NATS has entered a partnership with Nav Canada, to invest in Searidge Technologies, a Canadian company that provides digital remote tower solutions.
The investment in Searidge was made by the UK ANSP’s commercial division NATS Services and makes it a joint and equal shareholder alongside Nav Canada.
NATS chief executive officer Martin Rolfe said: “Digital tower technology has the potential to completely transform the delivery of air navigation services at airports and we’ve been incredibly impressed by what Searidge offers. That’s why we’ve chosen to invest.
“Their highly innovative approach and proven technology combined with the wealth of operational experience and resource that both we and NAV CANADA can provide means we can offer airports around the world something that is uniquely compelling.”
After the acquisition, Searidge will continue to operate as an independent company.
Searidge Technologies provides digital remote tower solutions to airports worldwide, enabling air traffic controllers to manage aircraft from remote facilities instead of traditional airport towers.
The digital tower solutions help reduce flight delays, enhance efficiency and increase overall safety across the airports.
It also helps improve the controller’s situational awareness, ensuring safety and operational benefits, as well as being more cost-effective for the airports.
Currently operating in more than 30 sites in 16 countries, Searidge is said to be the first company in the world to integrate an operational video system in an air traffic control tower.
The company recently unveiled the world’s first artificial intelligence platform for air traffic management.
Image: Searidge’s digital tower demonstrator. Photo: courtesy of NATS.