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FOD on a boat

And airports think that FOD detection is difficult! (Source: FOD News)

The FOD*Boss in action, and a FOD iPhone app!

As we all know, detection is only half of the solution, whatever your method of detection, at some point you have to get out there and pick the stuff up. The video below shows the FOD*Boss in action:

It’s great to see that the system also has an iPhone app! 


If only the sales were as high as the hype!

An interesting article discussing Stratech (the makers of iFerret) and their expected revenue over the next FY. Full article here.

Currently, both iFerret and the security monitoring systems are contributing equally to revenue, Chew says, but the iFerret will eventually be far and away the largest contributor. By his reckoning, the market for FOD surveillance systems could be as large as US$51 billion, if just 2% of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) airports implement it. In fact, he is betting that, with the financing packages Stratech is providing, the iFerret will be as common in airports as photocopiers are in offices. â We want iFerret to be as pervasive as the photocopy machine. When it became a leasing business, every office could have a copy machine, he says.

Xsight touts the bird detection capabilities of FODetect

A recent article at Airport World describes Xsight’s bird detection features, read the full article here. Here’s a snippet:

One such system, Xsight Systems’ FODetect, utilises Surface Detection Unit (SDU) sensors located across the airport’s surface for high resolution and swift detection.

Each SDU combines a millimetre-wave radar sensor and an optic sensor with Near Infra-Red (NIR) illumination for improved night performance, and when integrated with an airport’s elevated runway or taxiway edge lighting infrastructure, converts them into smart edge lights which can be used to detect hazardous objects, birds and other wildlife.

The technology allows an entire runway to be scanned between each ground movement and – if required – live video, GPS co-ordinates and a laser pointer can assist airport staff in identifying the location of any FOD or wildlife, allowing for their swift and efficient removal.

All detection data and images and video recordings are archived and tagged, allowing for a comprehensive statistics reporting system, which documents all events.

FOD video from Xsight

Xsight have posted a new video on YouTube which demonstrates their FODetect system

Tender for FOD consultancy services

I apologise, the information below was sent to me a few weeks ago but I have only just got around to including it here (and it’s not because I’ve applied!)

Tender for Contract M860-2- Consultancy Services for Automated Foreign Object Debris Detection System at the Hong Kong International Airport (Tender ref.: PRO/T140/12/MN)

The Airport Authority Hong Kong (“the Authority”) is responsible for the management, operation and maintenance of Hong Kong International Airport (“the Airport”).

The Authority hereby invites tenders from interested organizations with proven experience and capability for consultancy services for Automated Foreign Object Debris Detection System at the Hong Kong International Airport. The Term of the Contract for Design Stage Services is intended to be 150 calendar days. Details of the invitation are spelled out in the Tender Document.

The Tender Document will be available for collection from 2:30 p.m. on 27 December 2012 (Hong Kong time) at the HKIA Tower, Lower Ground Floor, 1 Sky Plaza Road, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong.  Applicants who wish to tender for the above contract should write a letter on company letterhead, giving contact details for collection of the Tender Document and sendby fax to (852) 2188 7684 for the urgent attention of Mr. Amen Tong, Deputy General Manager, Procurement.

A Tender Briefing is scheduled for 4:00p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on 17 January 2013. Interested applicants are required to register on or before 14 January 2013. Registration details will be provided upon collection of the Tender Document.

Tenders in response to the invitation must be in compliance with the requirements set out in the Tender Document and be submitted and deposited into the Authority’s Tender Box as per the instructions set out in the Tender Document, no later than 2:30 p.m. on 19 February 2013 (Hong Kong time).

All costs and expenses incurred for or in connection with any response to this invitation, including the preparation and/ or submission of the tender, shall be entirely the responsibility of the applicants without recourse to the Authority. The Authority is not bound to accept the lowest tender or any tender and reserves the right to negotiate with any Tenderer.

Source – Hong Kong International Airport website

South Korea develops bird strike defense robot

Gizmag has an interesting article on a bird strike defence robot. Check out the full article here.


Stratech signs MoU with Modern Times Technical Systems

Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed Stratech Systems Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Modern Times Technical Systems (MTTS) to market, sell, implement and support Stratech’s iFerret™ intelligent Airfield/Runway Surveillance and Foreign Object & Debris (FOD) Detection System to the international airports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

See the full press release here.

Bayanat and Stratech team up on UAE runway safety

UAE-based Bayanat Airports Engineering and Supplies (BAES) has entered into a partnership with Stratech Systems Limited to supply its iFerret intelligent Airfield/Runway Surveillance and Foreign Object & Debris (FOD) Detection System in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). BAES will market, sell and deploy iFerret in the UAE market.

If the above announcement seems a little familiar, it’s because Bayanat struck the same deal with QinetiQ (the company behind the Tarsier system) back in May 2009. Bayanat no longer list QinetiQ  as a partner on their website.

You can view the full press release here.

Pavemetrics enters FOD detection market

LFODPavemetrics Systems Inc has entered the FOD detection market with its Laser FOD detection (LFOD) system. The system is vehicle mounted and therefore has more in common with the FOD Finder system from Trex, than with the fixed systems. LFOD relies on laser technology, whereas FOD Finder is a radar system.

From the Pavemetrics’ website:

Pavemetrics Laser Foreign Object Debris (LFOD) detection system uses high-speed cameras, custom optics and laser line projectors to acquire both 2D images and high-resolution 3D profiles of airport runways, taxiways and aprons in order to automatically detect even the smallest objects at highway speeds.

The LFOD system can be operated both during daytime and night-time as well as under all types of lighting conditions; surfaces lit by the sun or covered by shadows as well as various pavement types ranging from dark asphalt to concrete can be scanned at inspection speeds from 0 to 100km/h.


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