ST Electronics, Swedish firm ink MOU

Singapore Technologies Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS) to establish South-east Asia's first Centre of Excellence for airport digital towers in Singapore.

The centre will provide a test bed for best-in-class technologies, with the aim of driving the implementation of digital towers in the region.

The digital tower provides a smarter approach to air traffic control, allowing operations to be remotely controlled from an operations centre, instead of a physical tower, said ST Electronics.

Airport operations will benefit from enhanced safety levels, greater situational awareness for air traffic controllers, improved coverage of the airport surface movement area, as well as substantial cost savings, it added.

The MOU was signed by Mr Low Jin Phang, executive vice-president and general manager of ST Electronics (info-software systems), and Mr Lars Ronnqvist, Saab country manager Singapore, on behalf of SDATS.

"This is an exciting opportunity as we synergise our efforts with the industry to offer leading-edge technology that will transform the airports of tomorrow," said Mr Low.

"With the increasing number of airports in the South-east Asia region now, it is crucial to deliver smart solutions that can meet the growing expectations of customers and enhance their flight journeys."

The world's first operational and approved digital tower was launched in 2015 in Sweden.

SDATS has systems that are currently being offered and installed around the globe.

Set up last year, it is a joint venture between Swedish aerospace and defence company Saab, and the Swedish Air Navigation Service Provider, LFV.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 18, 2017, with the headline 'ST Electronics, Swedish firm ink MOU'. Print Edition | Subscribe