Israeli company Xsight Systems will install its foreign object debris (FOD) detection solution on the East and North runways of Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA).

BDIA is scheduled to open in September.

The first phase of the airport project is designed with a target of 72 million passengers, with plans to handle 100 million passengers in the long term.

Airport consulting firm NACO designed the airport’s master plan, which will feature a ground transportation centre offering public transportation links to high-speed rail, metro, expressways, Beijing Airport Bus routes, local buses, and inter-airport transportation system.

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Xsight Systems’ RunWize solution will support the safety of take-offs and landings by alerting officials about any forms of debris, birds, and other hazards that may interfere with the operation of the runway.

The solution uses sophisticated image and radar processing algorithms based on artificial intelligence (AI) for the detection and assessment of threats on the runway.

The technology is already in use in airports in the US, Israel, and Thailand, and was selected earlier this year for installation at Beijing Capital International Airport.

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Xsight Systems CEO Alex Koren said: “We are proud that Xsight’s global reputation as an industry leader is acknowledged by the Chinese aviation market.

“As China is becoming the largest aviation market, with intensive growth in air traffic, grows the need for a runway threat detection solution to boost both safety and capacity of airport runways.”

It is estimated that FOD and environmental threats on the runway cost the worldwide aviation industry about $12bn per year.

According to the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the country intends to have 450 airports by 2035, nearly doubling its existing number of airports.

China has 234 civil airports as of October 2018 and intends to build 216 new airports by 2035 in order to meet the increasing demand for air travel.