The U.S. government has selected Searidge Technologies’ intelligent video platform, known as IntelliDAR, to be part of a “technology performance assessment” of smaller airport surveillance systems.
The research Searidge—a provider of intelligent video solutions to air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airports—is involved with will examine surveillance technologies for smaller airports, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Searidge will do that at SeattleTacoma International Airport (SEA), says the FAA.
While the FAA is sponsoring the research, the University of Illinois Center of Excellence for Airport Technology is conducting the performance assessment, known as the Low-Cost Surface Management Framework (LCSS-F) research program that is examining surveillance technologies for smaller airports.
Searidge, using commercially available sensor-based technologies, is to provide low-cost, basic ground surveillance capability in the non-movement areas, at small to medium sized airports where deployment of “airport surface detection equipment model X” (ASDE-X) technology is not viable. The IntelliDAR system is expected to provide airport stakeholders with shared, real-time situational awareness of all surface traffic and a comprehensive solution to airport surface movement surveillance encompassing aircraft and vehicle traffic.
IntelliDAR is to equip SEA with a set of strategically located, distributed, non-cooperative video cameras that are to provide surveillance near the terminal. Views from multiple cameras will be fused into a single display, allowing the operator to see all the ground traffic in an intuitive one-look view. The surveillance cameras provide all-weather performance and a long-range view giving controllers full visual confirmation of the apron and movement areas. Additional system capabilities include real-time positioning, automatic alerting of incursions, live video feeds and archived data for incident review resulting in a more secure and efficient airport surface.