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19 February 2008

To: The News Editor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CAAS AWARDS TENDER FOR WORLD’S FIRST INTELLIGENT VISION-BASED SYSTEM TO DETECT FOREIGN OBJECTS ON RUNWAY

 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has awarded a tender for the installation of a new intelligent system to detect foreign objects on runways at Singapore Changi Airport. The contract for the iFerretTM runway surveillance and foreign object detection system has been awarded to Stratech Systems Limited. The contract was inked today by CAAS’ Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Lim Kim Choon, and Stratech’s Executive Chairman, Dr David Chew.

iFerretTM is the world’s first intelligent vision-based system to detect foreign objects on runways. The system uses vision technology to detect and identify foreign objects on the runways and pinpoint their exact location, on a 24-hour basis. It can then raise immediate alerts, enabling operators to have full visual of the object to examine the object detected. Foreign object related damage, or FOD, poses a danger to aircraft landings and take-offs. The development of the system was possible with funding support from the Prime Minister’s Office “The Enterprise Challenge”. During the development stage, a prototype was tested at Changi Airport for a year.

Under the contract, valued at over $12 million, Stratech will customise the system to suit CAAS’ specific requirements. The system will also have built-in layers of backup.

“The successful test-bedding of this new system would pave the way for safer runway operations not only at Changi Airport but also world-wide,” said Mr Lim. He added, ”We look forward to the implementation of the system to enhance safety and efficiency at Changi Airport.”

Said Dr Chew, “With iFerretTM, air traffic and ground operations staff can visually assess foreign objects identified on a remote screen display, without making a physical visit. To have iFerretTM deployed at our very own Changi Airport – one of the world’s best airports – is testament to its performance and reliability.“

The installation of this system is expected to be completed in early 2009.