Traditional control towers could soon be a thing of the past

Changi Airport's famous control tower could be the last of its kind as digital control towers, such as the one being trialled at the airport now, take hold in future.
Changi Airport's famous control tower could be the last of its kind as digital control towers, such as the one being trialled at the airport now, take hold in future.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The famous "ice cream" Changi control tower could be the last of its kind as digital control towers - like the one being trialled at Changi Airport now - take hold in future.

Such so-called smart towers are equipped with artificial intelligence and video overlays to give air traffic controllers a clearer picture of what is happening on the ground, come rain or shine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2020, with the headline 'Traditional control towers could soon be a thing of the past'. Print Edition | Subscribe