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Periodic indicative notice – utilities
This notice is a periodic indicative notice only
Section I: Contracting entity
Section II: Object
Remote Tower Center
The Braunschweig site is to create a Remote Tower Center (RTC), which will initially cover the control of Braunschweig and Emden airports in Lower Saxony. In the future, aerodromes in northern Germany should continue to be integrated. This is based on funding from Lower Saxony as part of the support programme for digitalisation in transport, in particular to increase safety and efficiency in transport and to increase the competitiveness of the mobility sector through digital innovation. The procurement by the aerodrome operators of the necessary technical infrastructure for the establishment and operation of a RTC is eligible for support.
The subject of the invitation to tender is the establishment and operation of the RTC by an appropriate air navigation service provider to control Braunschweig and Emden aerodromes. The contract is scheduled to start in January 2022, with a duration of 10 years.
For the Braunschweig and Emden airports in Lower Saxony, subsidies from the Land of Lower Saxony to support the acquisition of the necessary technical infrastructure for a RTC to control the two airports are promised. The award of the support is subject to a Europe-wide call for tenders for the related solution and operation, as well as the timely award of the contract. In addition to procurement, various preparatory activities such as staff training are included. The objective is to reduce the costs of air navigation services for the aerodrome operators compared to the operation of the current conventional tower.
The motivation for the Braunschweig site is also closely linked to the neighbourhood to the German Aeronautics and Space Centre (DLR), which is located directly next to the airport site and in recent years, together with leading manufacturers and air navigation service providers, has been leading the research and development of Remote Tower solutions. The Braunschweig RTC site is intended to continue and deepen this cooperation. In particular, an interface between RTC and DLR via a mirrored operational workplace and optical surveillance data will be available for research purposes.
The RTC in question is intended to involve the airports of Braunschweig and Emden. However, it is intended to reflect the possibility in future to include the inspection of other aerodromes in Lower Saxony and in northern Germany.
The subject of the procurement is a contract for the provision and operation of air navigation services in the RTC with Braunschweig site for the control of both aerodromes for a period of 10 years. This includes the set-up and all necessary preparations for successful commissioning. The successful operational concept is necessarily linked to the technical concept of visibility and its operation used for this purpose. Tenderers are therefore invited to define precisely and specify in their tender the technical concept of including the necessary technical elements, which will then be procured by the airport companies. In order to ensure compliance with the budget framework, appropriate price guarantees must be provided for these components.
The building needed to accommodate the RTC is planned together with a car hall and an airport fire station. The site will be located directly on the airport site next to the existing airport building (terminal) and apron (Apron). While the car hall and the airport fire station are already in the detailed planning, the detailed planning of the building unit for the RTC will continue with the involvement of the contractor. According to the current situation, there is one or 2 floors with a base area of approximately 600 m each.2 is available for further information. The future contractor is expected to contribute to the construction and equipment of the building.
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary information
Remote towers allow ATS control of aerodromes by air traffic controller workstations which are not located directly at the aerodrome in the local control tower with direct visual contact with the flight operation levels and aerodrome field. The loss of direct visual contact is compensated by a real-time replacement of cameras and reproducing screens. The development of the Remote Tower concept has made significant progress in recent years. Within various research projects as part of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme, significant progress has been made towards the successful, safe and efficient deployment of the concept, which is being implemented in an increasing number of locations. Remote tower offers the opportunity to make the cost structures for air navigation services more efficient at more remote or less frequent aerodromes, for example by pooling resources — in particular air traffic control staff — in one location, which would otherwise have to be maintained on a decentralised basis, always on the basis of an equivalent or higher level of safety. In addition, efficiency can be increased by controlling two or more aerodromes through a workstation (multiple tower), which has already been successfully validated at some aerodromes.
Aerodromes — and in particular regional airports and airports — are facing increasing cost pressures. The stagnating or decreasing trend in traffic numbers and the associated revenues are offset by high costs such as the maintenance and modernisation of infrastructure, the fulfilment of new European requirements and the presentation of adequate, safe and compliant air traffic control. Remote Towers are one way of optimising air traffic control costs through innovative and state-of-the-art technology without compromising safety or operations.
The measure is supported by the Land of Lower Saxony at a rate of 80 %. The maximum funding envelope is EUR 5,0 million.
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