Stratech’s iFerret™ to be Deployed at European Airport
- World’s First Apron Deployment of FOD Detection System
Singapore, 5 October 2009 – Singapore Exchange Mainboard-listed Stratech Systems Limited (“Stratech”) today announced that it has received a purchase order for the deployment of its iFerret™ intelligent Airfield/Runway Surveillance and Foreign Object and Debris (FOD) Detection System at an airport in Europe.
iFerret™ will be implemented at an airport in Europe to monitor FOD on the taxiway and apron – the world’s first apron deployment for FOD detection. The apron is the area where aircraft are parked, loaded/unloaded, refueled or boarded by passengers, while the taxiway links the runway to different areas of the airport.
Dr. David K.M. Chew, Executive Chairman of Stratech, said: “FOD events do not occur only on runways. According to the UK Civil Aviation Administration, FOD events occur mostly on the apron (55%), followed by taxiway (30%) and runway (15%). Although fatality of FOD incidents is acknowledged on the runway, there is a need to manage occurrences on the apron and taxiway where FOD is much more frequent.”
“iFerret™ is the world’s first intelligent Vision-based FOD detection system. Following our pilot at Chicago O’Hare International Airport to monitor FOD on the runway and taxiway – the world’s first taxiway deployment of an FOD detection system, we are pleased to achieve another world’s first for apron deployment,” added Dr. Chew.
iFerret™ utilises electro-optic sensors to detect and identify foreign objects on an airport’s air operations area, which includes the runway, taxiway and apron. Upon detection, the system raises an immediate alert and allows airport operators to visually verify the objects detected and initiate procedures to remove the objects from site.
FOD such as loose hardware, pavement fragments, rocks and even wildlife can pose a hazard to aircraft operations and passenger safety. With up to 70,000 incidents a year, FOD can cost each airport as much as US$20 million a year, which adds up to an estimated US$12 billion annually in direct and indirect costs.
This project is scheduled to be completed in three to six months and is expected to have an impact on Stratech’s financials in the current financial year.
About Stratech Systems Limited (“Stratech”)
Stratech Systems Limited ("Stratech") was listed on the mainboard of the Singapore
Exchange in 2000. It is principally engaged in the design, development, integration,
implementation, maintenance and project management of information technology
and advanced technology systems. The Group delivers large-scale complex, real-time, mission-critical systems in the areas of intelligent Vision, intelligent Transport
Systems and e-Systems for governments and businesses.
Founded in 1989, the Group has established an impressive track record serving industries such as aerospace and defence, financial services, government, healthcare, homeland security and transportation (air, sea and land). The Group develops and implements advanced technology solutions that achieve significant business transformation and competitive advantage for its clients.
In 2006, Stratech won the Research and Development prize for its intelligent Airfield/Runway Surveillance and Foreign Object and Debris (FOD) Detection System at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards. Stratech’s iFerret™ (the world’s first system to utilise intelligent Vision to detect and classify foreign objects, with the ability to pinpoint the location of the foreign objects) was awarded The Enterprise Challenge (TEC) initiative by the Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore in 2006.
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