“The partnership has helped build a customisable platform that uses the latest in artificial intelligence, telematics, communications and other technologies with applications worldwide.”
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Canada has begun using an autonomous patrol vehicle fitted with the latest surveillance equipment to add an extra layer of security to the transport hub’s operations. The company that created the all-terrain vehicle (ATV) said it uses a form of artificial intelligence can drive free from human interaction to identify possible security risks and flaws around the perimeter of the 7,000-acre site.
Developed by the Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT (microprocessor and nanotechnology) Products (ACAMP), the ATV can also be controlled by humans at the airport’s central control centre and will work alongside existing security measures, focusing on safeguarding three main areas:
- checking that the fence surrounding the airport is free from damage;
- detecting human or animal activity;
- searching for obstacles using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology.
“Safety and security is our number one priority at EIA and the autonomous ATV security vehicle will enhance our patrol of the perimeter fencing that secures the 7,000 acres of land at our airport,” said the airport’s vice president of operations and infrastructure, Steve Maybee. “The partnership with ACAMP to build the vehicle is also part of a larger effort to foster innovation, collaboration and economic diversification through our airport’s growing number of technology and aerospace companies.”
The system behind the security ATV can plan routes and avoid obstacles, recognise animals and humans, communicate back to airport security with findings and even use situational awareness to properly appraise risk.
“The partnership with EIA (@FlyEIA) has helped us build a customisable platform that uses the latest in artificial intelligence, telematics, communications and other technologies with applications worldwide,” said Rosy Amlani, a vice president at ACAMP, which is a member of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre.
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