Autonomous security vehicle will patrol Edmonton International’s perimeter fence
Autonomous vehicles have been developed to patrol the perimeter of Edmonton International Airport to ensure the security of Canada’s fifth busiest airport.
An autonomous security all-terrain vehicle (ATV) developed by the Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT (microprocessor and nanotechnology) Products (ACAMP) is ready to patrol the perimeter security fence at Edmonton International Airport (EIA). The unarmed vehicle is controlled remotely by humans and can also drive autonomously, incorporating machine-learning to perform its tasks.
Steve Maybee, EIA’s Vice-President of Operations and Infrastructure said: “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. 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 City’s growing number of technology and aerospace companies.”
The new vehicle system includes navigation, path planning, obstacle avoidance, animal and human recognition, communication systems to airport security, geo-fencing, situational awareness and analysis and more. The autonomous ATV patrols will focus on identifying damage to the chain-link fence and fence posts, verifying barbed wire is taut and undamaged, and detecting holes or gaps under the fence. Furthermore, it will be able search for obstacles using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) will and is able to detect human or animal activity.
Rosy Amlani, ACAMP’s CFO and Vice-President of Business Development said: “The partnership with EIA has helped us build a custom platform that uses the latest in artificial intelligence, telematics, communications and other technologies that has application worldwide.”
EIA is a member of the Advanced Systems for Transportation Consortium established by ACAMP and supported by the Government of Alberta. ACAMP is a member of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre at EIA. ACAMP and EIA were able to harness technologies developed by consortium members to construct and test the autonomous ATV security vehicle, readying it for regular use at EIA.