Bayanat, Stratech team up on UAE runway safety
Partners to provide tech for foreign object detection
UAE-based Bayanat Airports Engineering and Supplies (BAES) has entered into a partnership with Singapore-listed Stratech Systems Limited to supply its iFerretTM intelligent Airfield/Runway Surveillance and Foreign Object & Debris (FOD) Detection System in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). BAES will market, sell and deploy iFerretTM in the UAE market.
Bayanat Airports, established specialises in air traffic management (ATM) systems, airside and terminal systems. FOD refers to inanimate articles or wildlife found on runways, taxiways or aprons that could potentially damage aircraft or cause injuries.
The Air France Concorde jet crash in 2000, which led to the loss of 113 lives, involved FOD. But runway debris also reportedly incurs an estimated $4bn in repair and maintenance costs annually, and up to $13bn per year including associated costs such as flight delays and cancellations, lost productivity and revenues, potential liabilities, and damaged reputation.
Approved by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), iFerretTM is classed as an "intelligent vision-based FOD detection system, providing real-time, automated FOD detection, location, classification and recording". It can be deployed in civil airports as well as military airbases, to help prevent potential aircraft damage and fatalities caused by FOD. The airports where iFerretTM has been deployed include Changi International Airport in Singapore, Chicago O'Hare International Airport in the US and Düsseldorf International Airport in Germany.
"We are happy to be in partnership with Stratech," said Alan Bourjeily, general manager of Bayanat Airports Engineering and Supplies.
"We strongly believe that by deploying iFerretTM in the region, Bayanat together with Stratech will ensure increased safety for passengers using the UAE hubs and higher operational efficiency for airports adopting this technology."
On the collaboration, , added, "We are very excited to work in the UAE with Bayanat Airports Engineering & Supplies, which has almost three decades of experience in the airport industry," said Stratech executive chairman, Dr David KM Chew.
"With their extensive network and portfolio in the region, there could be future opportunities to extend the partnership to the other parts of the rapidly-developing Middle East market too.
"There are more than 280 commercial airports and military airbases in the Middle East. The aviation industry here is growing rapidly, supported by strong economic growth. There is great potential in this region for automated FOD detection systems, airside surveillance and network intelligence systems - command and control for clusters of airports and airbases."