Israel-based surveillance specialist Controp Precision Technologies has collaborated with Pharovision to develop and market its new aviation safety systems.
Controp has introduced the automatic Bird and Wildlife Detection and Tracking System and Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection System to commercial, military and civilian airports.
This new system aims at reducing the chances of dangerous and often costly issues caused due to birdstrikes and foreign object debris.
Controp's Interceptor automatic detection and tracking system, developed by its Electro-Optical Infrared (EO/IR) experts, will prevent collisions of airplanes with birds or other animals in the sky, near the runway or on the ground.
The Interceptor generates automatic scanning and real-time warnings without any need for user interaction.
The Sentinel detection system can simultaneously scan for FOD as well as other types of targets on all runway surfaces.
Controp Marketing and Sales VP Johnny Carni said: "We're delighted to be partnering with Pharovision on a solution to this widespread problem.
"In tests at LGA, our system has shown that it outperforms both human observation and traditional radars, being able to pick up and identify small and very low or very high flying objects such as birds - with accurate detection of single birds at distances of up to 5km (3 miles)."
The Interceptor and Sentinel systems are integrated with a thermal imaging camera a daylight camera and a laser range finder.
The two systems have a combination of continuous zoom lens of infrared cameras and full-colour live video cameras that allow precise real-time day and night detection and tracking over a large area.
Pharovision Yuval Milo said: "There is breakthrough potential in Controp's advanced solutions to differentiate between birds and other objects in and around commercial, civilian and military airports.
"We have now expanded their role to the task of foreign object debris (FOD) and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) detection, making them truly multi-mission systems that will bring enormous savings to airport authorities."
Image: Controp introduces automatic Bird and Wildlife Detection and Tracking System and Foreign Object Debris (FOD) Detection System to airports. Photo: courtesy of Controp.