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Remote Air Traffic Control?

Our product development team pays close attention to inventive - and, sometimes, yet-to-be-realized - uses of remote access technology.  An article in Bloomberg suggests that air traffic control teams could take advantage of secure remote connectivity and improvements in cameras and sensors to land planes at multiple airports from a central location.  Already tested in Australia and Europe - and a key plot component to Die Hard II - remote air traffic control is being evaluated as an option that could reduce costs and alleviate staffing challenges.

"Yup, one day your air traffic controler could be 100 miles away from where you'll land."

- Sholeh Patric, Coeur d'Alene Press

With a sizable shortfall in trained air traffic controllers - the International Civil Aviation Organization predicts the world will be short about 40,000 ATCs by 2030 - and an increase in air traffic, the industry may turn to technological solutions for sustained growth.  MarketsandMarkets estimates the industry will spend $5.5 billion in 2020 on flight-management equipment, including remote monitoring and access.  The demand for such technological alternatives may be greatest in Asia, the world's fastest growing travel market.  Boeing predicts 1740 new aircraft will be purchased by Indian carriers over the next 20 years, with insufficient human resources to land them.

Yet another instance where gaining access without compromising security will be crucial.

 

 

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