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Airport selects Searidge Technologies video platform

System to deliver real-time position reporting and tracking of aircraft


September 10, 2012
by Purchasingb2b Staff

CALGARY—Searidge Technologies, a provider of video solutions to air navigation service providers and airports, has had its intelligent video platform, IntelliDAR and ATC-Grade Video system selected as key components of a virtual ramp control system (VRCS) for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The airport is deploying a contemporary VRCS, with the new system allowing ground traffic on the north side of the airport to be monitored and controlled remotely in the operations centre.

To ensure ramp controllers have visibility of the entire ramp Searidge track data will be integrated with existing surveillance data sources and presented on the aerial view display (AVD).  The VRCS will deliver graphical, dynamic, real-time position reporting and tracking of aircraft in the movement and non-movement areas of the airfield, allowing the ramp to be controlled from a remote windowless location.

“This will be the first system of its kind to be deployed in the United States and we are pleased to be working with AirIT and Fort Lauderdale to increase visibility, safety and efficiency of ramp operations,” says Moodie Cheikh, CEO of Searidge Technologies. “Looking forward, this solution will be valuable to many airports looking to optimize their surface surveillance coverage and increase visibility and tracking in non-movement areas such as the ramp, in a cost-effective way.”

The Searidge IntelliDAR system processes video from a series of video sensors networked together to provide real-time positioning of targets in a given area. The video captured by thermal cameras is then processed using computer vision algorithms to provide non-cooperative target detection, continuous tracking, geospatial positioning, and a variety of target attributes enabling smooth aircraft hand-off from the runway to gates. The ATC-Grade Video consolidates multiple camera scenes into a simulated out-of-the-window view of the area.