A-FOD is an electro-optic system to detect the FOD's (foreign object debris) and pavement anomalities on the runway surface of the airports.


 

What is FOD: 

It is any object, particle, substance or a debris with different sizes and shapes. It could create a hazard to aircraft, equipment, cargo, personnel or anything else of valuee

 

What it does:

It generates very serious maintenance costs for the aircrafts It causes potential delays, cancellations and also increases the risk of an accident

A-FOD

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A-FOD is an electro-optic system to detect the FOD's and pavement anomalies on the runway surface of the airports.

A-FOD works real time and detects the smallest objects in any weather condition on the airport runway area. The images are captured with high resolution cameras located at the sides of the runway. FODs are identified with high accuracy using artificial intelligence techniques and instantly reported to the airport staff.

A-FOD is a solution that offers a high accuracy FOD detection performance with minimal false positives. A-FOD is sensor independent and is powered by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence algorithms superior to human level performance.

Other undesired anomalies such as, snow, ice, pavement cracks, accumulation areas on the pavement and wildlife are also monitored through the electro-optic sensors directed at the runway.

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MODULES

FOD Detection

FOD Classification

Once a FOD is detected on the runway, it is precisely segmented by the system so that its location and size are determined.

The material type of the detected FOD (i.e. metallic, rubber, asphalt, nylon bag, and piece of paper) is also determined by the system.

 

The source of FOD (i.e. ground personnel, aircraft, wildlife, and pavement) is also estimated at this stage during the analysis

Pavement Management

The long term changes in the runway are classified as a crack, irregularity on the center line, or an accumulation area (i.e. water ponding, snow accumulation etc.).

The width and length of the crack is calculated and reported.

The size of the accumulation area is calculated and reported.

The pavement classification process is completed without any interruption to normal FOD detection process.

Wildlife Management

Wildlife module detects the foreign object as bird, walking animal or soft animal. The density and the size computation gives more information to the airport staff for a proper risk estimation.

Snow – Ice Management

Snow or ice formation is also detected andthe thickness is reported.

Snow – ice detection and depth measurement process is completed without any interruption to normal FOD detection process.

FEATURES

With its state-of-the art algorithms developed based on the cutting edge deep learning technologies, 
A-FOD;
• Easily, rapidly, and cheaply maintainable for many years.
• Robust to heavy rain conditions (no echo – no additional noise generating).
• Causes No FATAL Electromagnetic Interference Risk with the equipment of the airport and airplanes.

  • Scans all the areas of the runway 7/24

  • Analyses the collected data in real time without any interruption

  • By using advanced artificial intelligence, foreign objects are detected and an alarm is generated to warn the air traffic control center

  • With its simple interface, it enables the relevant airport staff to examine the foreign object remotely in detail using the provided location information,

  • When staff confirms the  FOD removal, the object is visually located by a laser marker

  • The historical logs of the detections are saved in the database and statistical analyses are performed to create useful information about how the FODs are formed in the runway.

  • Creates a solid input for airport FOD management process

 

MODELS

 

A-FOD has two models differentiated by the installation locations and the number of sensors. Both are compatible with FAA and ICAO regulations. 

  • A-FOD III-A is designed for runways up to Category III A operations

  • Less camera units

  • A-FOD III-B is designed for runways up to Category III B operations

  • More camera units