The digital transformation of air traffic control

Enhancing aviation safety and concurrently augmenting efficiency is a harmonious pursuit.

The world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and post the Covid-19 pandemic, the numbers of air travelers are on the rise once again. Projects aimed at enhancing efficiency and improving safety are now more urgently implemented. In the realm of aviation, consistent digitization and workplace automation are imperative.

Through the integration of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and pattern recognition, air traffic control in the tower can be rendered safer and more efficient. We were involved in a pioneering project at the forefront of these advancements.

The objective is to alleviate the workloads of air traffic controllers, enhance operational efficiency, and minimize safety risks.

The Air Traffic Management (ATM) serves as a pivotal department responsible for the safety and seamless execution of air traffic. Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs) act as vigilant guardians on the ground, overseeing three primary areas:

  1. Airspace control
  2. Ground control
  3. Flight data monitoring and clearance issuance

Presently, visual observation from the airport control tower remains the predominant method for managing the immediate airport vicinity. For ATMs to fulfill their duties at a high standard, maintaining a heightened level of concentration is imperative, particularly during peak traffic periods.

The solution: birkle IT AG enhances airport safety through the development and implementation of Remote Towers, leveraging the capabilities of artificial intelligence.

Driven by the aspiration to genuinely alleviate the workload for air traffic controllers, the project team at Birkle IT developed a full-stack solution that entirely redefines the working environment for air traffic controllers (ATCs).

By harnessing the capabilities of Remote Tower software, manual observation is complemented, providing space for enhanced decision-making among the staff.

Thus, we executed the project as follows:

The user interface for air traffic controllers, developed by Birkle IT, encompasses a real-time video feed displayed on two video screens and intricately linked to analysis servers. A network of strategically positioned cameras surrounds the airport, offering a seamless panoramic view of the airport environment. The perspective closely resembles that of looking through the windows of a physical control tower.

To create this comprehensive view, we installed 16 panoramic cameras and 2 PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) cameras at strategic points. Each of these cameras delivers 30 high-resolution images per second.

A pivotal component of the solution is an object tracking software, which rapidly identifies a predefined set of object classes in less than 200 milliseconds. This software annotates recognized objects with overlaid graphical elements and meticulously tracks them throughout the entire video feed.

Critical project requirements for safety: Functionality even in poor visibility conditions.

An inherent requirement for the software from the outset was its robustness in conditions of limited visibility. In such scenarios, AI, through appropriate data augmentation, can provide significant added value. Well-trained AI often excels in correctly assigning objects even when a human analyst struggles to discern them. In this context, the human expertise and the software solution complement each other optimally. We take great pride in pioneering this pilot project and hope that other airports can be equipped with this system.

Understanding Aviation Safety

Exploring novel avenues with the Remote Tower.

The Current State: From Feasibility Study to Serial Viability.

The current product implementation is tailored as a pilot for a specialized task, serving a limited user base. Nevertheless, the underlying concept of the project possesses all the prerequisites for extensive deployment.

The software’s capability for automated real-time object recognition and tracking is a pivotal element for project-specific advancements by our clients. Therefore, alongside the software delivery, we have provided a training environment for the neural network, enabling our clients to independently develop additional object classes and video data.

Drawing on the insights gained from this project, the experts at Birkle IT are already engaged in another significant project of international significance.


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Julius Hoffmann

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Competitive advantage through agile pricing in air freight

High price pressure and growing speed in the logistics sector

Logistics companies are facing growing challenges worldwide. Trade routes have to be changed and political situations have to be taken into account. In addition, there are high customer expectations of prompt processing of an inquiry. This customer pressure leads to real losses if inquiries come to nothing due to slow processes in the preparation of quotations.

All of these issues come up against great competitive and price pressure, which causes the margins of logistics companies to shrink.

Our customer – a global logistics company with more than 10,000 employees – saw an opportunity to address these issues with the help of a software solution.

The development of real-time quotation software

In order to develop a consolidated solution for the requirements of quotation creation processes, we designed software that is able to calculate a price based on available capacities and current demand.

With our interdisciplinary team consisting of requirements engineers, solution architects, DevOps, frontend and backend experts from the birkle IT locations in Munich and Tallinn, we then developed a prototype of this software in just three months and deployed it in accordance with the agile methodology.

Resisting the pressure on margins

Initial successes were achieved quickly.

The quotation creation software consolidated several processes at the same time, resulting in significantly faster inquiry processing. In addition to the now more adaptable margin, new orders were also won more quickly and sustainably.

With the birkle IT project, our logistics customer is optimally positioned for the future.

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Julius Hoffmann

International Business Representative


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