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November 16, 2013

Boston airport unveils system to detect debris on runways

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“We are very optimistic that other airports around the country will adopt this technology,” said Alon Nitzan, president and chief executive of XSight.

The company has installed similar systems at Charles de Gaulle and at airports in Tel Aviv and Bangkok, Nitzan said.

In a demonstration staged for reporters, a piece of a lighting fixture that had been placed on the Boston runway was pinpointed by the censors and removed by an airport staffer.

Edward Freni, Logan’s aviation director, noted that the airport would still be required under federal regulations to conduct manual checks in which vehicles slowly ride down runways and check for debris.

“What this system does is enhance that in real time,” Freni said. “If something is detected in the system, we can respond immediately.”

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