Beijing airport selects Israeli radar technology to protect runway

Xsight Systems' foreign object debris (FOD) detection solution will be installed at the world's second busiest airport.

April 4, 2019 18:43
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Xsight Systems' foreign object debris (FOD) detection solution RunWize

Xsight Systems' foreign object debris (FOD) detection solution RunWize at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Beijing Capital International Airport, the second busiest airport in the world, has selected Rosh Ha’ayin-based Xsight Systems’ foreign object debris (FOD) detection solution to improve runway safety.

RunWize, which will be installed at the airport’s eastern runway, continuously monitors and detects any forms of debris or other hazards that could interfere with runway operations, increasing safety and boosting runway capacity by facilitating rapid detection and removal of debris.
Last year, more than 100 million passengers traveled through Beijing Capital International Airport, a number that was only surpassed by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Debris and other potential threats on runways, such as bird strikes, cost the global aviation industry an estimated $12 billion per year.

Boston Logan International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Ben-Gurion Airport and Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport have all installed Xsight Systems’ technology. The Defense Ministry has also acquired the RunWize system to install at Israel Air Force bases.

“We are proud to bring our industry-leading technology to Beijing Capital International Airport,” said Xsight Systems CEO Alex Koren.

“This important achievement serves as a seal of approval of Xsight’s reputation worldwide. We are very pleased that China’s biggest airport has chosen to keep safety as a top priority.”

RunWize uses sophisticated image and radar processing algorithms based on artificial intelligence to detect and assess threats on the runway for both take-off and landing.

It complies and exceeds regulatory requirements worldwide, while also providing tools to comply with the upcoming Global Reporting Format set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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