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The FODD Advantage

Technical and application differences provide real benefits

Varec's FODD system provides the highest detection capability and best resolution on the market today. This is derived from hybrid sensing technology and close position to the runway. This location, integrated into the edge lights also ensures there are no blind spots. It provides the shortest detection times between movements, which increases safety and ensures all flights and passengers use a clear runway. It also provides the best inclement weather robustness, with superb detection within RVR range even during the worst weather conditions.

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Radar/Optics

Hybrid Technology

Sensing Technology

Radar 77 Ghz & Electo-Optic

Sensing Location

Closest at runway edge

Design Concept

Designed for FOD detection

Detection Time

Less than 60 seconds

Max Sensing Distance

50 m

Weather Sensitivity

Low Only FODD is within PVR range

Low Light/Night Operations

Infrared Illumination

Detection Performance - P(d)

Highest (0.95 for 20 x 20 mm)

FOD Dimensions

Yes

Coverage Redundancy

Full Runway

False Alarms

Almost Zero due to remote verification

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Competitor 1
Radar

Single Technology

Sensing Technology

Radar 94 Ghz

Sensing Location

Remote on 8-12 m towers

Design Concept

Adapted from existing tech.

Detection Time

4-5 minutes

Max Sensing Distance

1000 m

Weather Sensitivity

Increases with range

Low Light/Night Operations

No detection from camera

Detection Performance - P(d)

Lowest (0.9 for 38 x 31 mm)

FOD Dimensions

No

Coverage Redundancy

None

False Alarms

High - limited verification
Competitor 2
Camera

Single Technology

Sensing Technology

Optical Camera

Sensing Location

Remote on 6-12 m towers

Design Concept

Adapted from existing tech.

Detection Time

4+ minutes

Max Sensing Distance

300 m

Weather Sensitivity

Highly sensitive to weather

Low Light/Night Operations

Low Quality

Detection Performance - P(d)

Lowest (0.9 for 20 x 20 mm)

FOD Dimensions

No

Coverage Redundancy

None

False Alarms

High - limited verification
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