Monitoring of the safeguarding zone

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Identify habitat changes in your safeguarding zone

Airports must monitor and asses the safeguarding zone surrounding the airport. Under ICAO standard this is a 13 km zone, under FAA regulations it is an area covering a five mile zone from the aircraft operations area.

By viewing regularly updated satellite imagery, we enable you to identify changes in the safeguarding zone that could impact wildlife behaviour. This enables you to take action and mitigate the risk.

Ascend registers all sites

When signing up for the service, Ascend can register all the sites in your safeguarding zone, making in possible for you to identify changes as they are happening. Below you see all sites registered in the 13 km zone surrounding Gdansk Airport in Poland.


In the service, you can use Analysis to identify water movements or developments in agricultural use of the safeguarding zone.

Monitor 50 sites in 10 minutes

For all sites an inspection cycle is determined. This enables you to perform the inspection of all sites and habitats in the safeguarding zone from your desk in minutes. When a change is identified, action can be taken. In the image below you see an old and a new satellite image, by clicking no change, you go to the next site.

Pricing for the 13 km monitoring module

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Start up site registration

Sites in the safeguarding zone is registered in the service. Sites are defined as wildlife habitats that can be identified in the satellite data

Continuously updated satellite maps

The service will be updated with new satellite maps as they become available on ESA sentinel APIs. The frequency depends on your location, but as a rule of thumb most locations will have new images at least every 2 weeks.

Manage sites & species

Here site types can be managed, altered, updated and created in the service to match your local surroundings
Here species can be created, managed and updated with local strike frequency to match you local environment

13 km site monitoring

A change detection analysis performed on the satellite data, in order to identify new sites in the safeguarding zone (13 km. radius)

Self service site monitoring

Here you can inspect the sites in the task list and identify changes in the sites, if a changes is identified you can take action and document this under notes for the specific site.

Site monitoring according to your life cycle schedule

For each site type an inspection life cycle is defined, which generates a task list in the Ascend service defining the sites that needs to be monitored for changes. If changes are identified you will be notified and action can be taken where appropriate.

Site monitoring report

A report that sums up the site monitoring, including the number of analysed sites and sites where changes have been identified.

Analysis of new sites

When the airport receives a request for a new construction, Ascend can perform an impact analysis. The result is a report that describes the potential impact of the new site for the airport.

Procedure analysis

Sites in the safeguarding zone is registered in the service. Sites are defined as wildlife habitats that can be identified in the satellite data

Airline Report

A report visualising all the efforts and mitigating actions the airport puts into place, in order to make the destination as safe as possible for the airline.