Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Thailand has deployed X-Sight Systems' FODetect automated foreign object debris detection system.
Foreign Object Debris (FOD) consists of any misplaced object found on airport surfaces which can damage aircrafts, engines, tires or fuselage, creating a risk to passenger safety, disrupting airport services and cause expensive repairs.
The system deployment follows the completion of site acceptance tests conducted for five months on the airport's two runways to meet the requirements of FAA regulation for FOD detection equipment.
FODetect is an automated FOD detection technology tested by the FAA at Boston's Logan International airport and has met the required level of performance require by FAA regulations.
The detection capabilities of the system are derived from a hybrid optical-radar sensing technology, advanced image processing software and close range detection.
FODetect is embedded in surface detection units (SDUs) that are co-positioned with the runway edge lights for easy installation.
X-Sight Systems president and CEO, Alon Nitzan, said: "We are delighted to handover the FODetect system to AOT."
"The installed system already detected a hazardous FOD on one of the runways at the airport, which was retrieved immediately and demonstrated the system's efficiency while contributing to runway safety," Nitzan said.
Suvarnabhumi Airport, which was opened in 2006, is capable of handling 45 million passengers a year, 3 million t of cargo a year, and 76 flights per hour.
Image: FODetect system can prevent expensive repairs to the runways by detecting any misplaced object found on airport surfaces. Photo: X-Sight Systems.