Join the radar project

With the support of The European Space Agency, Ascend is integrating standard maritime radar systems as bird radars in airports. Join the project and develop the service with us!

The goal is to increase profitability for airports and airlines by reducing the risk of bird strikes, related delays and cost. In order to assure a the best solution for the airports, we invite airports to participate in the project and have direct influence on the development.

See use cases here

Safety threats

Airport operators must monitor and manage many different aspects to secure aviation safety. Potential safety threats are not only located at the airport, but also within the airport surroundings, which airport operators are obliged to survey and manage to secure safe flight takeoffs and landings.

There are many different approaches to handle the surveying obligations of this environment. The commonality for all current approaches is that they are man-hour intensive, handled in standalone systems, and often demand specialized human resources.

Aviation stakeholders are very much aware that bird strikes are increasing due to increased global passenger traffic, lower noise level from airplanes and climate changes, which all impact wildlife behavior.

Use case 1:

Show the bird controllers where the birds are

Real-time bird activity is visualised on a tablet. This enables the bird controllers to go where the birds are and improve their mitigating efforts.

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Use case 2:

Area Management

Bird activity “hot-spots” on the airport area are mapped. This enables the airport to measure the effect of mitigating initiatives in their area management plan. Example: Measure whether the endophytic grass has the expected effect on decreasing the bird activity in that area.

Use case 3:

Monitor airport surroundings

Bird activity hot-spots are mapped in the safeguarding zone. The airport can detect ” problematic areas” and initiate dialogues with land owners etc. to mitigate the high bird activity – and follow up on the effect of those mitigating actions.

Use case 4:

Corrolate radar hot spots with satellite data

Use radar data to identify areas with bird activity. Identified areas will be correlated with satellite images, to classify the area type and the appropriate action. Ascend is already including data from the Copernicus data hub in the existing services, the data is regularly updated and available in the service for correlation, as the radar data start to flow to the service. You can view the data here: https://scihub.copernicus.eu/

Use case 5:

This case could be defined by you

We are seeking a strong user involvement in the project. Participate in the project, co-develop the solution to ensure a perfect fit to your needs. As shown in the pricing structure we have 3 levels of participation, ranging from supporting the development to installing a radar system.

The Aviation industry

Ascend serves multiple users in the aviation industry, by providing transparent on-line knowledge about the airport surroundings, between all stakeholders such as Airport Operators, on-the-ground workers, Civil Aviation Authorities, wildlife management staff and many others.

The users in the radar project are medium to large sized Nordic, Central and Southern Europe, British and south American airports. This wide spread group of users is a representation of the targeted user group of airport operators at a global scale.

The user requirements behind the bird radar builds on top of the existing legislative requirements for Wildlife solution. The users generally wish to utilize real-time bird information to improve resource management and detect root causes of birdstrikes.

SERVICE / SYSTEM CONCEPT

Using the same UI that existing users know from the Ascend portal

  • The solution will be available for the users via the Ascend Portal, leveraging the same UI framework used & developed in for existing services. This will give the users a tested and recognizable UI.

Bird controller solution

  • Real-time bird activity is visualized on a tablet. This enables the bird controllers to go where the birds are and improve their mitigating efforts. Actions taken by bird controllers are also registered in the field via tablet.

Mapping bird activity

  • Bird activity “hot-spots” on the airport area are mapped. This enables the airport to measure the effect of mitigating initiatives in their area management plan.

Monitor airport surroundings

  • Bird activity hot-spots are mapped in the safeguarding zone. The airport can detect ‘problematic areas’ and initiate dialogues with land owners etc. to mitigate the high bird activity – and follow up on the effect of those mitigating actions.

SPACE systems

WAMMO expands on the current ascend solutions use of space assets, by evolving the system to include ground radar data in the system. The correlation of the data from space assets, with the radar data from multiple airports, will be used to produce statistical models for airports not equipped with a radar, but located nearby similar habitats.

Satellite Earth Observation is used as follows:

  • Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and multispectral images for aid in monitoring changes in ecosystems and landscapes.
  • Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images for monitoring airports surroundings and identifying habitat types.

Satellite Navigation:

  • GNSS (e.g. GPS or Galileo) are used in the tablet solution to guide bird controllers to areas with identified bird activity.
  • Actions taken in the field by the bird controllers, are registered with geolocation information.

The project is funded by the european space agency:

Go to the ESA project web-page here: https://business.esa.int/projects/wammo-ammo-ccn1

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