skeyes to set up digital control towers

The Board of directors of skeyes has decided yesterday to launch the tender procedure for the phased setting up of digital control towers at the six Belgian airports.

Digital control towers consist of a remote control centre and cameras at the airports (instead of the tower cab in classical control towers). So air traffic services can be provided to different airports from one single control centre while increasing air traffic safety thanks to augmented reality.

Digital towers are the future of air traffic management at airports and are being deployed all over Europe. After various investigations and field visits these last years, skeyes has launched an ambitious strategic plan aimed at equipping the six Belgian airports with digital towers to gradually replace the classical control towers. 

Following yesterday’s decision skeyes will issue a call for candidates  in the next few weeks to select an industrial partner who can equip the six Belgian airports with digital towers. The conditions and planning of implementation will be discussed with the operators of the airport infrastructure, taking into consideration the needs for renovation of the existing towers.

Just like other sectors, air traffic control is in the process of digitalisation. skeyes wants to invest in the technology of the future to improve the quality of service provided to its customers. The decision the Board of directors took yesterday is a next step in skeyes strategic plan adopted in July 2019 to prepare the public company for future challenges.

Dominique Dehaene

skeyes - Communication Manager & Spokesperson

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About skeyes

skeyes ensures the safety and efficiency of air traffic in Belgium 24/7. The skeyes air traffic controllers manage over 3,000 aircraft every day, which makes up over a million flight movements per year. The autonomous public company is active at the heart of Europe, in one of the busiest and most complex sections of airspace of the continent. skeyes is active at Brussels Airport and at the airports of Antwerp, Charleroi, Kortrijk, Liège and Ostend. Thanks to its CANAC 2 control centre skeyes manages the flight movements above Belgium and a part of Luxembourg up to an altitude of 7,500 metres (*). The company relies on its nearly 900 experienced staff members who are at the service of their customers: airline companies, airports, the aviation sector and the authorities. skeyes also develops innovating services regarding drones and contributes to a sustainable future of the aviation sector, among other things with respect to the environment.

skeyes is a member of FABEC, a joint airspace block (Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Switzerland) with the aim of improving air navigation efficiency in the heart of Europe in the framework of the Single European Sky.

(*) The upper airspace of the Benelux countries and North West Germany is managed jointly with the EUROCONTROL centre in Maastricht. 


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