Video finds many applications in the Airport and Aviation industries. Below we describe a few applications where LYYN® significantly contributes to the operations, safety and security of the industry.
Cameras are being used for security reasons, having a constant eye on gates, fences or hallways. Or for giving Air Traffic Control extra tools to increase safety while increasing the traffic on the airport. Or yet again, for giving pilots a better view of what is happening outside and inside the airplane.
Even though surveillance systems becomes more and more intelligent, with features like automatic noticing of “exceptions” (e.g. violations of ordinary behavior among travelers or unattended luggage), the final decision and response to a situation will come from a human being. This person will need images with detailed and accurate information, even in situations with low visibility for instance fog, rain, snow or dust.
This is what LYYN® delivers.
LYYN® “turbo-charges” any color video system in real-time. This means huge cost savings in that existing systems can be given new advanced functionality, in stead of having to be replaced.
Air Traffic Control
One of the most important tools for an Air Traffic Controller is the binoculars. Unfortunately though, the binoculars only works well in good visibility. In, for instance, fog or low light the visual disturbance gets aggregated in the binoculars rendering it useless. In order to maintain a binocular function in low visibility a free moving zoom camera can be placed on the tower or in another suitable place. The poor visibility aggregation effect in the zoom can then be reduced by “turbo-charging” the camera with LYYN, presenting a close-up view to the controller.
There are also other applications for LYYN technology in Air Traffic Control. Together with SAAB Security LYYN has participated in the development of the Remotely Operated Tower.
The remotely operated tower concept addresses many of the issues airport operators are concerned with, such as cost-effectiveness, safety, and punctuality. More than a few airports today suffer from a harsh economic situation and for some, the Remotely Operated Tower could mean the difference between survival and closure.
The cost running small and medium sized towers consists to a large extent of staff expenditures. With the Remotely Operated Tower concept, fewer employees will be needed to provide aerodrome controlservice, enabling airports that today only offer aerodrome flight information service to offer control service as well. In a next phase, one controller could potentially provide aerodrome control service for two to three towers simultaneously. Apart from staffing, costs savings can be made by not having to replace existing towers that have reached their economical life length.
More information in the SAAB Security case story.
Image degradation due to atmospheric scattering caused by haze, fog, or rain is a problem in airborne surveillance. The effects of scattering, however, can be significantly reduced by installing a LYYN plug-n-play real-time video enhancer.
There are other technology alternatives, e.g. IR and millimeter Radar, but those technologies are monochrome and it is often beneficiary for operator interpretation to see in full color. Also, if there already is a color video system on-board it is a very simple task to upgrade it with a LYYN unit making this a very cost-effective solution.
Some airborne video applications that highly benefits from LYYN:
- Aerial surveillance
- Aerial videography for broadcasting and film production
- Aerial inspection for e.g. real-estate, industry and utilities
- Research, archeology, geology and environmental studies
- Traffic management
- Disaster management
- Search and Rescue (SAR) operations
- Accident investigation
- Crowd security, crowd control and management
The usage of video in the cockpit is still very much in lab and development stages. There are many interesting applications being developed, especially for military purposes, to support the pilot in his tasks. For instance, cameras mounted under the hull of the airplane, giving the pilot a view of what is happening beneath his wings. Or forward looking, target locking, automatic zoom cameras. The image can be presented to the pilot in two ways, either on a HUD (Heads Up Display) or HMD (Helmet Mounted Display).
An interesting civilian application in development is the possibility to down-link the pilots view to the tower. This would give the ATC a possibility to control and support the pilot better, for instance verifying that the pilot is approaching the correct runway. All these systems can easily be “turbo-charged” by LYYN in real-time, because of the flexibility, effectiveness and compactness of the technology.