Digital Tower – The future is already here

by Per Ahl, CEO, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, SDATS

One of the last industries to be “digitalized” is Air Traffic Control, ATC, and Airport Tower operation. What will be the impact of introducing a new disruptive technology in a very conservative branch? Will there be any more brick and concrete towers constructed in the world? What have been the biggest hurdles to first in the world to introduce this type of solution? How will the integration of drone operation look like?

Per Ahl, CEO Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, one of the for front figures of introducing Remote- or Digital Tower solutions around the world, will give you an insight from the start 2006, where we are today and how the future looks like.

Saab was the first in the world, in 2015, to get an operational approval for a Digital Tower solution and creating the first Digital Airport Center, which today operates four airports. The second Digital Airport Center in Sweden, soon to be finalized, will have the capacity of up to twenty-two airports. However, a true statement is – “technology is only half of the delivery”.

conference program:


What drives you?
To be part of a fantastic team who change the world in Air Traffic Control.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Digital Tower and Drone operation will be one of the important integration in the future. These two elements have to co-exist in the most optimum way.

What impact do you expect them to have?
It will be the foundation for future airport growth.

What are the barriers that might stand in their way?
To change existing Rules and Regulations.

“Special Quote”
Technology is only half of the delivery

About Per Ahl

Background as mechanical engineer and commercial pilot flying for Scandinavian Airlines (DC9 and B737NG), with a wide range of experience from Airlines (from Station Handling to Flight Operation). Per has been involved in Safety and R & D programs globally since early 1990 and been a speaker at numerous international events the last 25 years.

Joined Saab 2008 as Head of Marketing and Sales ATM. Been part of several national and international acquisition and integrations during the years, which have gain Per a lot of experience and knowledge to work in and manage multi-culture organizations.

Per has been instrumenting the introduction of Remote/Digital Tower on global base and the solution has now become widely recognized from all stake holders that is the future solution for tower operations.

About Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions, SDATS

Saab Digital Tower Solutions is a Joint Venture between Saab and LFV, focusing of introducing Digital TWR Solutions and supporting global customers.

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