FODD Foreign Object Debris Detection System
The Varec Foreign Object Debris Detection System (FODD) reduces runway downtime while increasing runway safety, allowing increased capacity and efficiency. At the center of the system is a network of sensors called Surface Detection Units (SDUs) co-located with runway edge lights. Each SDU utilizes a combination of millimeter wave radar and camera optics. Together, these SDUs automatically and continuously scan operational areas and use patented image processing algorithms to monitor runway conditions for FOD, wildlife and equipment status, even during inclement weather conditions. Varec's Foreign Object Debris Detection System is Buy America Act (BAA) waiver-approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), ensuring availability to U.S. government and aviation transit authorities.