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Radar detection of birds - AscendXYZ

Radar detection of birds

Radar detection of birds

Imagine being able to predict bird activity to minimize the bird strike risk while at the same time having an overview of your airport area with real-time guidance for bird control staff, enabling a swift and effective response. AscendXYZ Avian Radar solution makes it all possible. Furthermore, you will have access to automated reports and KPI’s that can be integrated smoothly into your wildlife risk management program with minimal work on your end.

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  • 24/7 Radar detection of birds – we offer you an easy to use end-to-end service that covers up to 150 km2.
  • Real-time bird control guidance allows you to react in real time and take appropriate mitigative actions, making your airport an unattractive feeding area.
  • Bird activity forecast enables you to plan appropriate mitigative actions and staff effort during high-risk periods without interrupting airport operations.
  • Bird hot-spot identification pinpoints problem areas in and around the airport and helps you to take action to minimize future risks.

The AscendXYZ Avian Radar solution is an easy to use end-to-end service delivered to you in an intuitive interface together with automated reports that leave your hands free to take action.

AscendXYZ will help you identify the best location for the radar as well as deliver and install the system. All you need on your end is an external power source and internet connection.

The system is delivered as a service, so you do not have to think about maintenance or insurance – you only have to focus on the results.                                                                            ,

Radar Detection of Bird Activity in Take-off/Approach Area

3D Visualization of the Area Shown Above

Process Description

  1. Radar detection of birds with AscendXYZ end-to-end solution.
  2. Data analysis using sophisticated algorithms.
  3. Bird activity evaluation – use case specific.
  4. Activity KPI’s based on continuous measurements.
  5. Action planning – risk-based wildlife control.
  6. Real-time overview providing guidance for the bird control staff.
  7. Proactive area management based on historical analysis.
  8. Stakeholder communication and risk mitigation.

Detailed process description

1. Radar Detection of Birds

The AscendXYZ radar system is an end-to-end service, delivered as a mobile trailer solution that covers up to 150 km2.  As soon as an external power source and internet connection are in place – the solution is operational.

2. Data Analysis

Our sophisticated algorithms enable automated segmentation and identification of birds. The results are presented in an understandable and accessible format in the AscendXYZ web-portal to the users at your airport.

AscendXYZ radar team on-site at Aalborg Airport

3. Bird Activity Evaluation

Through a continuous identification and measurement of bird activity we offer you:

Without delaying or interrupting arrivals and departures the bird activity forecast allows pilots to mitigate the risk and help adapt operations during high-risk periods by:

  • Climbing before accelerating;
  • Using full runway;
  • Reducing speed on approach;
  • Including bird activity in their briefings.

This adaptive approach makes the solution work well both for civilian and military traffic.

The AscendXYZ Avian Radar solution evaluates and relays bird activity to your bird control units in real time. The information enables bird controllers to see where and when birds enter the operations area. This allows them to quickly and efficiently disperse the birds, making the airport area unattractive for birds to feed.

The solution gives you a clear and thorough overview of the bird activity in the airport operations area combined with runway crossing and near-miss analyses.

This overview provides you with the foundation for a consistent evaluation of the airport area management plan.

For example, if you change the height of the grass from 10 to 30 cm, you will be able to measure potential changes in bird activity, thereby identifying the best possible solution for your airport.

By analysing the historical radar data, bird activity hot spots and local migration routes can be identified, documented, and included in the risk assessment. Based on this information you can initiate a dialogue with local landowners, restaurants, or city government backed by solid data. You will be well equipped to take better action to mitigate future risks.

4. Activity KPI’s

Once bird activity data is gathered, AscendXYZ will support the development of bird activity KPI’s for your airport. Bird activity KPI’s help you to continuously measure and evaluate the activity in the operations area, as well as the departure and approach sectors in addition to the airport surroundings. This not only helps you to adapt your response and take action but also provides you with valuable data needed to take further pre-emptive measures to mitigate future risks.

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5. Action Planning

Based on real-time measurements and historical analyses you can define your response and implement a risk-based approach to wildlife management.

Activity Forecast

Bird activity forecasts will be available as a web service, similarly to a weather forecast. In most cases, we see significant activity peaks 1-2 times a day. This forecast will help airlines and pilots to define the specific level of mitigation necessary, based on factual measurements.


The real-time reporting will alert you if bird activity on the operations area increases to X above mean, allowing you to quickly dispatch additional bird control staff to the airport area and broadcast “bird activity – high” on the ATIS.

Area Management

If an increase to X above mean in bird activity is identified on the airport area a re-evaluation of the airport surroundings and area management plan is recommended. Here the AscendXYZ Avian Radar solution provides you and your wildlife specialists with a solid intuitive data foundation for analyses of airport grounds and surroundings. This, in turn, enables you to more quickly identify and treat the main cause of the problem.

Hot spots

As your bird activity hot spots are identified, the risk can be evaluated by performing on-site visits and by analysing the areas using the AscendXYZ 13 km satellite survey. If risk can be mitigated, you can initiate stakeholder communication based on solid data.

6. Real-time Overview

You can view the 24/7 real-time radar feed and use it to pinpoint the areas of the airport with the highest bird activity. With this in hand, your bird control staff will be able to take more effective measures to make the airport area unattractive as a feeding ground. The data is also used to indicate the threat level and implement the planned response.

7. Proactive Area Management

The AscendXYZ Avian Radar solution enables you to minimize future risks at your airport and secure safe uninterrupted aircraft operations. Based on the historical analysis you can adapt the area management plan and implement measures to mitigate future risks.

8. Stakeholder Ccommunication

The radar measurements can be used to document and prepare for potential consequences. With the historical analysis and results of the radar measurements in hand, you will be well equipped to communicate and engage with stakeholders.

In many cases, local farmers and other landowners will have an interest in limiting the bird activity in collaboration with the airport. On-site species identification can be done using AscendXYZ registration solution.

Get Started!

It really is that easy! Since we are offering you a service, you can leave it to us to handle maintenance and insurance while you focus on the result.

Tell us which service level you need. Then we will help you identify the best location for the radar as well as deliver and install the system for you.

The user-friendly data will be available to you soon after, and you will be able to act on the results right away.

Buy it or lease it!

You can buy or lease the radar systems as you wish. We deliver the radars as a service, this means we will take care of uptime maintenance and all the technical details. You just have to focus on the result.

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