Searidge Video Platform Selected to Support FAA NextGen Remote Tower Project

6 May 2010 (Last Updated May 6th, 2010 18:30)

Searidge Technologies said it will provide its intelligent video platform to support the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Staffed NextGen Tower (SNT) surveillance research programme. Searidge’s IntelliDAR system has been selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT

Searidge Technologies said it will provide its intelligent video platform to support the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Staffed NextGen Tower (SNT) surveillance research programme.

Searidge’s IntelliDAR system has been selected by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory for the SNT programme.

With the SNT concept, air traffic controllers will depend on surface surveillance systems to control aircraft instead of a direct out-the-window (OTW) view concept.

A demonstration system will be part of the programme to fill the gap of the OTW view that is currently provided by the airport tower.

The demonstration system will include a network of fixed cameras installed at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport in US and computer vision techniques to expand surface surveillance.

IntelliDAR will support remote tower operations and provide enhanced situational awareness to air traffic controllers with real-time video for visual confirmation of targets.

It will also provide radar-like coverage of all non-cooperative targets and OTW view.

The system will use video from cameras parallel to each other and join them together to provide a single panoramic view of an area.