Category: Tarsier

Vancouver International adds cameras to existing Tarsier system

QinetiQ press release

Richmond, B.C. (July 29, 2009): Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the first commercial airport in the world to install a day and night camera to its existing Tarsier Foreign Object Debris (FOD) radar detection system. The new camera will upgrade YVR’s 24-hour automated runway debris detection system in all weather conditions by providing visual confirmation of any potentially dangerous objects on the runway.

Tarsier’s high-resolution radar and advanced day and night camera work in tandem to provide continuous runway monitoring and safety. The camera’s innovative illuminator helps produce FOD images in all light levels, turning night into day and giving operators greater confidence and certainty. (more…)

Tarsier loses out to Arup Group in MacRobert awards

QinetiQ press release

June 25, 2009. The Tarsier™ automatic foreign object debris (FOD) detection system has received significant praise and recognition for its contribution to British engineering innovation at the 200 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Awards.

The MacRobert Award is one of the country’s most prestigious engineering prizes and represents the very best in current British engineering achievements. This year the theme was ‘Celebrating Innovators in Engineering’.

From a vast number of entrants, Tarsier was awarded a place as one of the final four entrants after the judges were suitably impressed with the innovation behind the system and the benefits it creates for airports.

The MacRobert Award judging panel was taken to the QinetiQ-managed site at Boscombe Down to experience a live demonstration of Tarsier in operation. The demonstration captured Tarsier identifying FOD on the runway, visually confirming the FOD and sending GPS coordinates to the operator for a safe and prompt retrieval.

The award was won by Arup Group Ltd for the Water Cube at the Beijing National Aquatics Centre built for the 2008 Olympics.

Bayanat Airports and QinetiQ Sign Partnership Agreement

QinetiQ press release


Bayanat Airports to promote, sell and implement QinetiQ’s Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection system – Tarsier in the UAE.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, May 20, 2009: Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, the leading airport systems integration provider, today announced that they have signed a distributor agreement with QinetiQ, a leading international defence and security technology company at the Airport Show 2009 in Dubai. As per the agreement, Bayanat Airports will represent, sell and implement QinetiQ’s state-of-the-art Foreign Object Debris (FOD) detection system, Tarsier, in the UAE. (more…)

Tarsier reaches final of MacRobert Award

QinetiQ’s Tarsier system is one of 4 finalists in Britian’s biggest engineering prize, the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. It shares this top slot with, Arup Group Ltd for the Beijing National Aquatics Centre, Orthomimetics Ltd for novel medical implants enabling the natural regeneration of bone and soft tissue,and Rolls-Royce plc for the Trent 900 gas turbine aero engine, as used in the A380.

The fact that an automatic FOD detection system has made it to this final is evidence that FOD detection is not a trivial task, it requires some cutting edge technology, and novel engineering to build a successful system.

Tarsier wins ATC Global award for Innovation

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Tarsier today picked up the ATC Global award for Innovation, with Xsight also “winning” the Thales Emerging Technology award, it should be noted that Thales sponsored the event.

Tarsier installation at LHR makes the BBC news

The installation of QinetiQ’s Tarsier system on the South runway at LHR makes the BBC news. The article also mentions the plan to add the system to the North runway, and that QinetiQ are working on high resolution cameras to add to the system.

The system, called Tarsier, and developed by the former government research arm QinetiQ, is now fully operational on the airport’s southern runway, and will shortly be installed on the northern runway.

QinetiQ is also working on cameras with high-specification zoom lenses that will enable the operator to see what is on the runway before the teams arrive.

Read the BBC article.

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