ACAMP's autonomous security all-terrain vehicle to patrol Edmonton International Airport
The Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT (microprocessor and nanotechnology) Products (ACAMP) has developed an autonomous security all-terrain vehicle which will be used to patrol the perimeter security fence at Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada.
The vehicle, which is unarmed, is controlled remotely by humans but is capable of driving autonomously, as it uses machine learning to perform its tasks.
“Safety and security is our number one priority at EIA and the autonomous ATV security vehicle will enhance our patrol of the perimeter fencing that secures the 7,000 acres of land at our airport,” says Steve Maybee, the airport's vice president of operations and infrastructure. “The partnership with ACAMP to build the vehicle is also part of a larger effort to foster innovation, collaboration and economic diversification through our Airport City’s growing number of technology and aerospace companies.”
The ATV is equipped with a variety of technologies and capabilities, including navigation, animal and human recognition, and communication systems to airport security.
According to ACAMP, the autonomous ATV patrols will focus on “identifying damage to the chain-link fence and fence posts, verifying barbed wire is taut and undamaged, and detecting holes or gaps under the fence; detecting human or animal activity; and searching for obstacles using lidar.”
“The partnership with EIA has helped us build a customizable platform that uses the latest in artificial intelligence, telematics, communications and other technologies that has application worldwide,” says Rosy Amlani, ACAMP’s CFO and vice president of business development.