Stockholm Arlanda globe shows direct traffic from airport

Giant globe is two metres in dimension

Stockholm Arlanda has installed a huge globe that shows all the destinations that can be reached from the airport.

The two-meter diameter globe, called Open Sky, shows data from Flightradar24 that is projected onto the globe using three-dimensional projection mapping techniques.

The aim is to show passengers the growing number of destinations that can be reached directly from the airport.

Since 2010, the number of passengers passing through Stockholm Arlanda has increased by 30% and in 2016, he airport set a new passenger record with more than 24,7 million passengers.

Currently, the airport operates more than 160 direct routes and last year alone 47 new destinations were added.

Kjell-Åke Westin, Airport Director at Stockholm Arlanda 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.”

Flightradar24 is an Internet-based flight tracking service that collects signals from aircraft to receive data regarding position, altitude, heading and speed from more than 150 000 flights everyday. The application has been downloaded by more than 30 million people and is available in 150 countries.

Through data from Flightradar24 passengers can track every aircraft departing and arriving at Stockholm Arlanda or are en route to any of the destinations you can reach directly from the airport.

Fredrik Lindahl, CEO of Flightradar24:

“We’re excited to be a part of this project. Flightradar24 is a complex service with thousands of different systems, functions and of course people have to collaborate, much like the logistics of an airport. Through a network of so called ADS-B receivers covering large parts of the planet we are able to pick up signals from aircrafts and basically track the entire world’s air traffic live.”

Projection mapping is used to project images or videos onto irregularly shaped objects, in this case a miniature globe. This is the first time that projection-mapping technique is used in a public airport. Open Sky is located inside the departure hall at Terminal 5 and will be a permanent installation at Stockholm Arlanda.

N.B. Image credit: swedavia

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