Field trials are under way of an automated foreign object debris (FOD) detection system at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Malaysian government-run news agency Bernama reported on 29 April.
The project, which cost an undisclosed sum, was a collaborative effort between KLIA operator Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), Japan-based Hitachi Kokusai Electric Inc. (HiKE), and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
In a joint statement with HiKE and UTM, MAHB CEO Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin claimed that the Malaysian hub is the first airport in the world to install a fully functional system.
A prototype of the linear cell radar-over-fibre system was initially tested at Tokyo Narita International Airport before preliminary experiments and system infrastructure design work at KLIA began in February 2018.
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