NEC Bird Strike Prevention System Used at Haneda Detects Bird Positions

NEC Bird Strike Prevention System Used at Haneda Detects Bird Positions

A airplane approaching Haneda Airport which has more than 230 bird strikes a year. Photo © Jun Matsumoto

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Minato Ward, Tokyo-based NEC Corporation announced on October 11 that it will develop and begin selling a new system to mitigate the risk of bird strikes, incidents in which aircraft hit birds while landing or taking off at an airport.

The new system, called the Bird Position Detection Solution, is a radar and camera combination to constantly monitor the presence of birds at or near an airport. This will help patrollers, who spot birds visually, know faster with a high degree of accuracy where the animals are even during the night hours, thus leading to better prevention of bird strikes.

The Solution comprises a "radar apparatus" that records bird positions in all directions; "video monitoring equipment (camera)" to back up the radar and mainly monitor the ground; "data processing devices" to analyze and display information; and a "large sound-producing apparatus" to drive away birds with sound. The data processing devices will accumulate sensor data such as bird positions and types, allowing researchers to study their habitats and help airports consider and implement bird strike prevention measures.

Haneda Airport in Ohta Ward, Tokyo, where over 230 bird strikes happen a year, began operating the Solution on a trial basis in April. The airport has found that it does indeed help prevent incidents and plans to continue using the system.

According to NEC, the Bird Strike Detection Solution is Japan's first commercialized bird strike prevention system, and it is the first system in the world to boost detection accuracy with a radar and camera combination.