A U.K. radar company has been given funding by the government’s Technology Strategy Board to investigate the possibility of replacing radar in air traffic control systems with television signals to track aircraft in flight.
According to the company, the large number of TV transmitters located throughout the country could provide “a more reliable infrastructure” than the current system in place, which relies on one radar per airport to track aircraft. The proposed system utilizes TV transmitters to identify the location of an aircraft based upon the reflection of TV signals.
The change would assist with freeing more spectrum for future 5G wireless systems and would also help prevent interference caused by wind turbines located throughout the country.
For more information, visit the BBC.
Leave a Reply