Arlanda’s high-tech air traffic globe

Stockholm airport reveals three-dimensional display
To visualise the growing number of destinations that can be reached directly from Stockholm Arlanda Airport, an installation has been unveiled in the terminal where the world’s air traffic is projected onto a globe two metres in diameter.
Named Open Sky, the globe is fed data from the online flight tracking service Flightradar24, projected using a three-dimensional mapping technique.
Flightradar24 collects signals from aircraft to chart their position, altitude, heading and speed from more than 150,000 flights every day. Its app has been downloaded more than 30 million times and is available in 150 countries.
It’s also possible to track every aircraft departing and arriving at Stockholm Arlanda or which are en route to any of the destinations passengers can reach directly from the airport.
“Open Sky makes our 160 direct destinations worldwide visible and it’s a way for us to display our goal of becoming the leading airport in Scandinavia by 2020. The installation clearly shows how Stockholm Arlanda brings the world closer,” said airport director Kjell-Åke Westin.
Projection mapping is used to project images or videos onto irregularly shaped objects, in this case a globe. It is the first time the technique has been used in an airport. Open Sky can be found in the departure hall at Terminal 5 and will be a permanent installation at Stockholm Arlanda.
TTG Nordic


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