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Foreign Object Detection Radar

Foreign Object Detection Radar

Plextek is developing a radar system designed to detect foreign objects (FOD) such as aircraft and vehicle parts, litter, and other debris on airport runways. The platform hardware and software are similar to those developed for previous projects. The core hardware is a Xilinx Zynq SoM (the Avnet PicoZed) along with a custom motherboard for the power supply, radar receiver etc.

Plextek has invested in its own hardware and software IP for software defined radios. This, together with re-use of background IP (knowledge and skills acquired) from previous projects has allowed rapid generation of both hardware and software designs. This approach has significantly reduced project costs and timescales by providing a high-functioning platform on which the project team could build those elements of the system that are unique to the FOD radar.

Basing designs around existing open source platforms also increases the reliability of the resulting systems, because:

  • Many of the problems with the platform have already been dealt with on previous projects or by third party package developers
  • Package updates, security patches and bug fixes produced by third parties can be adopted by Plextek projects as soon as they are published or at a later time when they are required by the project team
  • Bugs fixes made on one Plextek project can be automatically inherited by others

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Contact Us – Email: hello@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 200

Foreign Object Detection Radar

Foreign Object Detection Radar

Plextek is developing a radar system designed to detect foreign objects (FOD) such as aircraft and vehicle parts, litter, and other debris on airport runways. The platform hardware and software are similar to those developed for previous projects. The core hardware is a Xilinx Zynq SoM (the Avnet PicoZed) along with a custom motherboard for the power supply, radar receiver etc.

Plextek has invested in its own hardware and software IP for software defined radios. This, together with re-use of background IP (knowledge and skills acquired) from previous projects has allowed rapid generation of both hardware and software designs. This approach has significantly reduced project costs and timescales by providing a high-functioning platform on which the project team could build those elements of the system that are unique to the FOD radar.

Basing designs around existing open source platforms also increases the reliability of the resulting systems, because:

  • Many of the problems with the platform have already been dealt with on previous projects or by third party package developers
  • Package updates, security patches and bug fixes produced by third parties can be adopted by Plextek projects as soon as they are published or at a later time when they are required by the project team
  • Bugs fixes made on one Plextek project can be automatically inherited by others

Smart City Solutions

Smart City Solutions

Contact Us – Email: hello@plextek.com or call: +44 (0) 1799 533 200

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