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Airport surveillance with drones for improved safety expected


Airports in the future will become equipped with surveillance drones, according to the combined research of Swedish scientific organisations, reports the American Journal of Transportation.
Based on initial findings Project ASAS (Airport Surveillance for Airport Safety) will develop and demonstrate drone solutions to help automate daily operations at airports.
The project will address daily operations at airports, develop and demonstrate drone solutions that help automate the airport operations and improve the airport safety.
It involves the efforts of Luftfartsverket, Swedish Regional Airports, Ornskoldsvik Airport and FlyPulse.
Luftfartsverket first introduced Remote Tower Centre (RTC) in 2015 with which the traffic control for Ornskoldsvik Airport was taken over by Sundsvall/Midlanda airport (SDL) through remote control.
"Instead of driving a terrain vehicle for checking the airport fences, electrically powered drones could be used for automatic checking, streaming live video to personnel for supervision," said Luftfartsverket project manager Jonas Didoff.
"With advanced detection techniques, the system could also alarm the personnel if fence damages or animals are found on the airport perimeters," he said.
The project will last for 14 months and will have a public demonstration in mid 2019. The project is funded by VINNOVA, Sweden's innovation agency through its programme on future drones.

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