Runway debris costs about $14 billion in damages annually. That’s why the FAA likes this Israeli system that detects birds and metal fragments and other small objects, on airport runways.
You may complain about airplane FOOD, but what about FOD?
FOD stands for “Foreign Object Debris,” refers to items on the runway – birds, small animals and fragments that break off planes – that are highly dangerous during take-off. They cause damages far greater than rubbery rolls on your dinner tray.
The Israeli company XSight Systems has swooped into preventing harm with a unique technology already adopted at international airports in Boston, Paris, Bangkok and Tel Aviv.
Using integrated high grade radar and electro-optical sensors in a fixed installation on the runway, XSight’s FODetect system “was able to detect the objects of various shapes, sizes, and materials on runway surfaces and perform satisfactorily in nighttime, daytime, sun, rain, mist, fog, and snow conditions, with constant function 24/7” (according to a US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) report issued in June). The system provides an additional security measure with its constant live video of the runways.
FOD-related damages caused the crash of the supersonic jetliner Concorde in 2000, killing 113 people. Ever since, the race has been on for a solution to this problem. Now the made-in-Israel sensor system, tested at Boston’s Logan International Airport since 2007, meets all FAA criteria.
That’s quite a coup for the manufacturer, XSight Systems of Rosh Ha’Ayin, in the north of Tel Aviv. The young company launched only in 2005 and employs just 55 people.
The FAA tested 3 other technologies but found the XSight System far more superior, meets all the criteria and worthy of the approval.
This is only one example of the constant flow of innovation generated in Israel in the field of Ports of Entry and Aviation Security.
Border, Port and Aviation security in Israel
Israel has been aggressive in their pursuit of aviation, supply chain and border security in an effort to keep harmful elements and products away from the population. Israel’s border security techniques withstand the highest scrutiny, and any breakdown could have immediate and detrimental impacts.
Aviation security also demands technology and risk-based targeting to ensure passengers are protected. The same issues apply for supply chain and port security, as exports and imports crossing the borders every minute.
Israel has earned itself a global reputation as a forerunner for providing leading security solutions and continues to successfully partner with key world players to protect airports, seaports, government offices, financial institutions, recreational centers, international events, and beyond.
The Israel 2nd International Homeland Security conference dedicates a significant portion of its program to the security of infrastructure and ports. Panel discussions with leading HLS Companies and government officials will address the problems and solutions:
US-Israel HLS partnership
The U.S. and Israel are working together both on the intelligence and commercial aspects in unprecedented ways.
To further enhance this cooperation, the United States Congress has recently passed the “United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012”. The legislation recommends several ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in a range of areas including homeland security, advanced technology, border security, energy, intelligence, and cyber-security. The partnership opens tremendous opportunity to collaborate and innovate our path to smarter security.
For information about XSight Systems and products: http://www.xsightsys.com/
For information about the Israel 2nd International HLS Conference in Tel Aviv (program, registration, accommodation, exhibitors): www.israelhls2012.com/home.ehtml