FOREIGN OBJECT DEBRIS DETECTION

Varec provides a Foreign Object Debris Detection (FODD) system that reduces runway downtime while increasing runway safety, allowing you to increase capacity and efficiency.

Airports across the world are seeing increased demand for air transport, which creates many operational challenges for airport management teams. One of the most critical challenges is finding ways to increase throughput when the runway infrastructure footprint is restricted.

When no more runways can be built, the only option is to increase capacity on the existing infrastructure. However, each day, aircraft face various forms of runway-based safety hazards including birds, wildlife, and a wide range of foreign object debris (FOD). Time must be allocated for safety checks to ensure FOD is not present on runway, apron, and ramp areas.

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Automated and Continuous FOD Detection and Runway Monitoring

Varec’s Foreign Object Debris Detection (FODD) system reduces runway downtime while increasing runway safety, allowing you to...

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FODD Solution

Varec’s FODD software module uses information from the SDUs to automatically separate birds from other FOD types, and then automatically alerts the airport’s wildlife team in real time. An image of the bird, its size, and exact location are available to the operator so that action can be taken as needed. An operator-controlled audio system built into the sensors scares the bird away from the runway without harm, to the wildlife or the aircraft. Our FODD software also features a comprehensive reporting system that documents all events, which is useful for investigating behavior patterns or creating Wildlife Hazard Assessments.

INCREASED CAPABILITIES

Increase Efficiency, Safety and Security

The FODD system can also be enhanced to provide additional value for many operational teams across the airport. With the high volume of arriving and departing flights every day in airports around the world, an effective runway management solution that can provide comprehensive and reliable command of the runway and its surroundings is essential. Better management not only increases efficiency, enhances safety and improves security, but also saves airports and airlines countless hours in time, money, and manpower.

SDUs for Continuous Scanning

Surface Detection Units (SDUs) continuously scan to provide complete runway surface evaluation every 60 seconds, fast enough to provide coverage between aircraft movements. Each SDU utilizes a combination of a millimeter-wave radar, high-resolution NIR-illuminated optic sensors, operator-initiated laser line generator, and proven advanced image processing. Together, these technologies enable viable sensing, identifying, and locating at a previously unprecedented level of speed and accuracy for objects as small as an aircraft rivet.

SURFACE DETECTION UNITS

BIRD DETECTION

Ground Level Bird Detection

Our FODD software module uses information from the SDUs to automatically separate birds from other FOD types, and then automatically alerts the airport’s wildlife team in real time. An image of the bird, its size, and exact location are available to the operator so that action can be taken as needed. An operator-controlled audio system built into the sensors scares the bird away from the runway without harm, to the wildlife or the aircraft. FODD software also features a comprehensive reporting system that documents all events, which is useful for investigating behavior patterns or creating Wildlife Hazard Assessments.

Snow Depth Measurement

Combined radar and optics technology cuts through snow, rain or other harsh weather or low visibility conditions to provide rapid detection of objects between aircraft movements. The addition of an optional infrared laser beam to a SDU and advanced image processing algorithms used by the FODD software module combine to provide accurate, remote measurement of snow levels across a runway and calculate snow coverage percentage.

SNOW DEPTH

REAL-TIME MONITORING

Real-Time High-Def Monitoring

Using the HD camera, your operators can view the runway up close and then make informed decisions to raise runway availability. For example, they can view close-ups of landings and take-offs, inspect incidents as they unfold, or check operational status of airfield lighting or signage. With Varec’s FODD system, these types of command and control decisions can be made without disrupting runway activity, sacrificing safety or interrupting current runway operations – thus improving operational efficiency.

Competitive Advantage

Varec - Radar/Optics

Sensing Technology
Radar 77 Ghz & Electo-Optic

 

Sensing Location
Closest at runway edge

 

Design Concept
Designed for FOD detection

 

Detection Time
Less than 60 seconds

 

Max Sensing Distance
50 m

 

Weather Sensitivity
Low Only FODD is within PVR range

 

Low Light/Night Operations
Infrared Illumination

 

Detection Performance – P(d)
Highest (0.95 for 20 x 20 mm)

 

FOD Dimensions
Yes

 

Coverage Redundancy
Full Runway

 

False Alarms
Almost Zero due to remote verification

 

Competitor 1 - Radar

Sensing Technology
Radar 94 Ghz

 

Sensing Location
Remote on 8-12 m towers

 

Design Concept
Adapted from existing tech.

 

Detection Time
4-5 minutes

 

Max Sensing Distance
1000 m

 

Weather Sensitivity
Increases with range

 

Low Light/Night Operations
No detection from camera

 

Detection Performance – P(d)
Lowest (0.9 for 38 x 31 mm)

 

FOD Dimensions
No

 

Coverage Redundancy
None

 

False Alarms
High – limited verification

 

Competitor 2 - Camera

Sensing Technology
Optical Camera

 

Sensing Location
Remote on 6-12 m towers

 

Design Concept
Adapted from existing tech.

 

Detection Time
4+ minutes

 

Max Sensing Distance
300 m

 

Weather Sensitivity
Highly sensitive to weather

 

Low Light/Night Operations
Low Quality

 

Detection Performance – P(d)
Lowest (0.9 for 20 x 20 mm)

 

FOD Dimensions
No

 

Coverage Redundancy
None

 

False Alarms
High – limited verification