Air traffic control has a ‘virtual’ future

Digital towers are a window into the future of air traffic control and an Ottawa-based company is helping lead the way.

Neil Bowles, left, head of air traffic management at Searidge Technologies, and Sheri Bailey, director of marketing are pictured in a demonstration suite at the company headquarters in Ottawa. The firm is pioneering the use of video technology to create digital towers, which may replace traditional airport control towers in the future.
Neil Bowles, left, head of air traffic management at Searidge Technologies, and Sheri Bailey, director of marketing are pictured in a demonstration suite at the company headquarters in Ottawa. The firm is pioneering the use of video technology to create digital towers, which may replace traditional airport control towers in the future.  (Bruce Campion-Smith / Toronto Star)  

OTTAWA—The control tower at Ottawa’s international airport provides a panoramic view of runways and taxiways and beyond, the city skyline and Gatineau hills.

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