The air traffic control tower of the future could be miles away from the airport

Would you trust a remote air traffic controller to land your flight ?
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It’s such a creepy occasion to listen, it seems counter-intuitive: London City Airport is improving a new air traffic control tower that will be completely digital and manned by a group of human controllers who will be over 100 miles away.

High-definition video will be transmitted to the remote location, providing the human controllers with 360 -degree video and live tone so that the controllers will feel like they’re still at the airport even though they’re far away.

The big advantage here: the high-definition visuals, delivered by over a dozen different “pan-tilt-zoom” cameras, will enable controllers to verify circumstances in finer details than we are able to with the naked gaze with a 30 X zoom, like recognise swindler monotones that pose a danger.

Nats Air Traffic Control( NATS ), which is helping with the new system, outlined other great advantage the system will bring, like data provided via augmented reality video.

They will too have real-time information, including operational and sensory data, to build an augmented world live thought of the airfield. For illustration, the ability to overlay the personas with weather info, on-screen names, radar data, aircraft entitle signals, or to track moving objects.

It’ll be the first UK airport to use the technology, though the system has been in use at a pair of airports in Sweden.

Steve Anderson, of NATS, told the BBC, “They give the controller more information to its implementation of what they can see, what they can hear.”

But there are still the rationale for skepticism, mainly over the digital security of the system which will deliver all of those videos and other related information, especially given last week’s huge ransomware attack.

Declan Collier, London City Airport chief executive, told the BBC, “we are very confident that the systems we’re putting in place here are secure, they’re safe, they’re administered very well.” An airport spokesman likewise told NBC News that the organizations of the system has been “stress-tested by IT security experts” and the company in charge is developed “to guard against the most recent threats.”

But no communication is completely safe.

Jason Sabin, Chief Security Officer of security solutions firm DigiCert, developed on some of the biggest threats to a organisation like this in a gossip with Mashable .

“The number one threat would be default configuration. They purchase the camera from vehicle manufacturers, they gather it out of the box, set it up and plug it in and say they’re ready to go.”

The chances here, according to Sabin, include having default passwords and no encryption that make such internet of things( IoT) devices prone to criticize, such as the September 2016 Mirai botnet administered denial of services that are attempts( DDoS) on Krebs Security.

Mirai became even more well-known in October 2016 when it was used in the large-scale strike on domain name servers host Dyn, which led to the shut down of major areas like Twitter, Spotify and Paypal.

Encryption and authentication are also keys, suggests Sabin. “Encryption is very important but authentication is no less important because you want to make sure you’re chastened to the right party and that the right person is connected” to the device.

“If you’re the air traffic controller who’s supposed to have to access to this, they are going to be authenticating to the cameras and the cameras need to make sure that it is the air traffic controller and not a malevolent user who’s trying to gain access to the camera network.”

A spokesperson for NATS told Mashable , “Understandably we don’t ever go into details about the cyber security measures we take, but it is something we take very seriously and the new system is designed to be resilient and is submitted in accordance with cyber insurance best tradition for protecting critical national infrastructure.”

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