Digital Towers Could Direct Air Traffic from 100 Miles Away:…

Altitude Angel Partners with Saab to Integrate UTM into Digital Tower Technologies

by DRONELIFE Staff Writer Ian M. Crosby

Altitude Angel and Saab have announced their formation of a partnership that will enable the integration of Altitude Angel’s UTM technology platform as part of Saab’s Digital Tower (r-TWR), a flexible and scalable solution for a variety of use cases.  Building upon Saab’s video processing, visual presentation, and automation solutions, the r-Tower is currently utilized by civil and military airports in Sweden, UK, US, and Germany, with further implementations underway in Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, and Romania.

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With the partnership underway, Altitude Angel will start to integrate GuardianUTM’s services into the r-TWR, enabling the digital authorization and management of uncrewed flights alongside crewed flights.

“We’ve been working with Saab Tower Systems and Saab (operating the world’s first Digital Tower Centre in Sundsvall, Sweden) for some time and I’m excited to announce the formal partnership agreement,” said Altitude Angel CBO Richard Ellis. “Our partnership with Saab allows us to seamlessly fuse cutting-edge ATM and UTM technologies in one innovative offering reducing time, effort, and complexity for airports, ANSPs, and drone operators to safely carry out operations integrated into the airspace. Through the integration of GuardianUTM, Saab will be able to provide Digital Towers which are equipped and ready for the demands of our future skies, as the use of drones increases and Urban Air Mobility through eVTOL aircraft becomes a day-to-day occurrence.”

“In Altitude Angel, Saab can partner with the provider of the leading UTM platform in order to provide our airport and ANSP customers with the greatest and most accurate picture of the sky they manage,” said Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions CEO Per Ahl. “In harmony with the capability the Saab r-TWR gives us, GuardianUTM Enterprise is providing us with key functionalities the future proof our product for existing and new customers.”

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Ian attended Dominican University of California, where he received a BA in English in 2019. With a lifelong passion for writing and storytelling and a keen interest in technology, he is now contributing to DroneLife as a staff writer.

 



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