MIAMI – The Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN) unveils today Open Sky: an installation where data from the world’s air traffic, taken from FlightRadar24, is projected onto a two-meter diameter globe. It will be visualized using a three-dimensional projection mapping technique.
With Open Sky, passengers could anticipate the growing number of destinations that can be reached directly from ARN.
“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 who have to operate together, much like 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 aircraft and basically track the entire world’s air traffic live,” said Fredrik Lindahl, CEO of Flightradar24.
Since the founding of Swedavia in 2010, the number of travelers passing through Stockholm Arlanda has increased by 30%, setting a new passenger record with more than 24.7 million passengers in 2016. Currently, the airport operates more than 160 routes with an increasing list of possible new destinations — last year 47 new destinations were established.
“Open Sky makes our 160 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 Arlanda brings the world closer,” said Kjell-Åke Westin, Airport Director at Stockholm ARN.
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 Airport.