Malaysian National News Agency

KLIA To Test Runway Surveillance And Safety Technology
January 10, 2018 16:26 PM
SEPANG, Jan 10(Bernama) -- The Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) is currently testingforeign object debris (FOD) radar detection system, which is based onradio-over-fibre technology, at its runway.

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) Chief Strategy Officer,Azli Mohamed, saidthe Linear-Cell Radar over Fibre FOD Detection System had been installed atKLIA\'s Runway 2.

"Currently, ourrunway inspection activities we are more on corrective and preventive measures but by having this system, itcan giveus thereal-time preventive measures to ensure the runway is safer by the enhanced detection of foreign objects," he said.

The field trial, made possible via atripartite collaborative effort by Hitachi Kokusai Electric (HiKE), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and MAHB, wasfunded by Japan\'s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry from January this year until December 2020, he said.

He said KLIA hadbeen selected as the first field trial site outside of Japan for the world's latest runway surveillance and safety technology, developed by the research group at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan.

Speaking to reporters after the signing ceremony for theLinear-Cell Radar over Fibre FOD detection systemamong MAHB, HiKE and UTM at KLIAhere today, Azli said,KLIAwas the second airport after NaritaInternational Airport, Japan to test the effectiveness of the FODdetection system.

He said the UTM's innovative team, which hadbeen part of the research group in Japan, had convinced the Japanese partners on KLIA's suitability to test the robustness and accuracy of the system on the airport's four-kilometre runway and varied tropical weather.


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