Autonomous vehicle to guard Edmonton International Airport’s boundary

27 July 2018 (Last Updated July 27th, 2018 12:17)

Canada’s Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is set to introduce an autonomous security all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to guard its perimeter.

Autonomous vehicle to guard Edmonton International Airport’s boundary
ACAMP and EIA produce self-driving security vehicle. Credit: Edmonton Airports.

Canada’s Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is set to introduce an autonomous vehicle (ATV) to guard its perimeter.

The all-terrain autonomous vehicle (ATV), developed by the Alberta Centre for Advanced Microprocessor and Nanotechnology Products (ACAMP), will patrol the airport’s perimeter unarmed. It can be remotely controlled by humans and can also drive autonomously.

EIA Operations and Infrastructure vice-president Steve Maybee said: “Safety and security is our number one priority at EIA and the autonomous ATV security vehicle will enhance our patrol of the perimeter fencing that secures the 7,000 acres of land at our airport.

“The partnership with ACAMP to build the vehicle is also part of a larger effort to foster innovation, collaboration and economic diversification through our Airport City’s growing number of technology and aerospace companies.”

The new vehicle system features navigation, obstacle avoidance, animal and human recognition, path planning, communication systems to airport security.

“The partnership with ACAMP to build the vehicle is also part of a larger effort to foster innovation, collaboration and economic diversification through our Airport City’s growing number of technology and aerospace companies.”

It is also equipped with geo-fencing, situational awareness and analysis.

The autonomous ATV patrols will focus on recognising damage to the chain-link fence and fence posts, verifying barbed wire for rigidity and detecting holes or gaps under the fence.

It is also capable of detecting human or animal activity and can look for obstacles using light detection and ranging (LiDAR).

ACAMP CFO and Business Development vice-president Rosy Amlani said: “The partnership with EIA has helped us build a customisable platform that uses the latest in artificial intelligence, telematics, communications and other technologies that has application worldwide.”

EIA offers non-stop connections to destinations across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and has an economic output of more than $3.2bn.