Germany-based LASE PeCo Systemtechnik has commissioned a laser-based clearance test system to identify foreign objects on the landing fields at Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN).

The Airfield Luggage Detection (LaseALD) is said to address the specific requirements and conditions of Cologne Bonn Airport, one of Germany's largest freight traffic hubs.

The new system is expected to help eliminate Cologne-Bonn detours and reduce flight times by 15 minutes.

The laser-based technology introduced at Cologne Bonn Airport will facilitate a precise detection of fallen items of luggage with minimum dimensions of 50cm x 40cm x 20cm, which derive from the trolley after passing the crossroads area.

This can help avoid the damages caused on the aeroplane engines by these objects.

"The new system will not only help avoid Cologne-Bonn detours but also save nearly 15 minutes of time for a flight."

The crossroads area is checked by two 3D laser scanners to detect any foreign objects, before two installed boom gates close and the operator receives a message on the display.

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If an object is detected, an alarm will be given immediately, while the identified objects will be displayed in 3D by the LASE-Software.

The LaseALD comprises different hardware components, including a 3D laser scanner, industrial-PC, digital I / O-Module, CAN / Ethernet converter and a display for status information.

The laser scanner features a scan range of up to 80m and a high scan frequency of 20Hz / 40Hz, which helps the system to reliably identify objects.

The new software uses special algorithms to detect objects on the airfield, while filtering out static objects such as signs or boundaries.

Image: LaseALD system installed at Cologne-Bonn-Airport. Photo: courtesy of Presse Box.