Real-Time Automatic Runway

Surface Condition Assessment & Reporting

Closing the Information Gap



SnowWize™ provides an automatic runway surface condition assessment and reporting of runway contaminants such as snow, ice, slush, frost and water, allowing airports to monitor their runways, assess and report in real-time parameters of depth, type and coverage, during rapidly changing weather conditions.

Investigations have found that many runway excursions were associated with shortfalls in the accuracy and timeliness of assessment and reporting methods of runway surface conditions. In the wake of a fatal runway excursion accident occurred in 2005, the aviation industry has acknowledged the need to develop adequate guidance addressing the operations on contaminated runways. Worldwide regulatory authorities have worked on the development of a harmonized Global Reporting Format (ICAO's GRF) of assessing and reporting runway surface conditions in a timely and more accurate manner, based on the FAA's TALPA Matrix. The standardized matrix that has been developed consists of an empiric, non-subjective code that is clearly communicated to all stakeholders.

SnowWize harnesses the advantages of automation in favor of runway surface condition assessment and reporting, therefore becoming especially valuable for airports ahead of ICAO's enhanced GRF for runway surface conditions, applicable in November 2020.

FEATURES & CAPABILITIES
  • Real-time automatic snow and ice depth measurement across the runway
  • Real-time alerts when snow levels and coverage exceed predetermined threshold
  • Real-time images of the contaminated runway for visual estimation of snow type

  • Registers and archives report of runway condition for offline analysis and winter operations planning and improvement
  • Advanced image processing for contaminant identification and confirmation



ADDED VALUES

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Increases Runway Safety


  • Prevents runway accidents and incidents related to runway surface condition
  • Minimizes unnecessary runway closures - measurements are performed remotely

Increases Operational Efficiency


  • Eliminates the need to physically approach the runway
  • Enables smart pre-planned use of contamination removal agents

Enables focused and verified efforts


  • Provides a real-time, remote visual of the runway to allow contamination identification and confirmation
  • Comprehensive reporting helps identify problem areas based on aggregated sensor data

Cost-effective and environmental awareness


  • Maintenance operations by reducing labor operating costs and chemical usage

ADDED VALUES

> The Problem
> The Solution

Increases Runway Safety


  • Prevents runway accidents and incidents related to runway surface condition
  • Minimizes unnecessary runway closures - measurements are performed remotely

Increases Operational Efficiency


  • Eliminates the need to physically approach the runway
  • Enables smart pre-planned use of contamination removal agents

Enables focused and verified efforts


  • Provides a real-time, remote visual of the runway to allow contamination identification and confirmation
  • Comprehensive reporting helps identify problem areas based on aggregated sensor data

Cost-effective and environmental awareness


  • Maintenance operations by reducing labor operating costs and chemical usage
RELATED REGULATION
"Assessing and reporting the surface condition of a runway poses a particular challenge for an airport operator and is of the utmost importance to airport users"