BirdWize enhanced

Xsight Systems has launched a new runway detection enhancement to FODetect that allows airports to track and reduce ground-level bird-related threats.

Bird strikes cost the aviation industry hundreds of millions of dollars a year. The FAA receives more than 9,000 reports of bird strike incidents every year.

More than 40% of all avian-related incidents occur on the runway, and 44% of the most damaging bird strikes happen on the ground. BirdWize detects birds in real time, in inclement weather and in all light conditions – a major advantage since more than half of all bird activity on runways occurs during the nighttime hours, according to company officials.

BirdWize is an enhancement to FODetect, Xsight Systems’ automatic Foreign Object Debris detection solution. Xsight Systems technology utilizes a dual technology sensor, with millimeter-wave radar and electro-optic capabilities, along with radar and image processing, to detect ground-level threats from FOD and birds as they occur.

“We are excited to launch this new product enhancement that will enable airport operators to better detect and monitor threats from ground-level birds on the runway,” says Alon Nitzan, President and CEO of Xsight Systems. “This solution provides airport personnel with a more effective way to track birds and their behavior patterns. With BirdWize, airport traffic can now run smoother, potential damage to aircrafts can be avoided, and passengers and crew are safer.”

The solution also features  reporting system that documents all birds and other objects detected, which can be utilized to investigate bird behavior patterns and better conduct required Wildlife Hazard Assessments.

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