CHINA - New Mega-Airport Protected by Israeli Technology

Arno Froese

Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA), the Chinese capital’s vast aviation terminal due to open in September, has selected Rosh Ha’ayin-based Xsight Systems’ foreign object debris (FOD) detection solution to protect its east and north runways.

The $12 billion airport, home initially to four runways and a 0.31 million-square-meter terminal building, will use Xsight Systems’ RunWize threat detection solution to continuously monitor the runways and detect any debris or hazards.

By 2025, the phoenix-shaped airport is expected to accommodate 72 million passengers and two million tons of cargo annually.

In April, Beijing Capital International Airport—the second busiest in the world—also installed RunWize on its East runway. Last year, more than 100 million passengers traveled through the crowded airport, a number that was only surpassed by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Seeking to foster rapid expansion of its aviation industry, Chinese authorities aim to have 450 airports in operation by 2035, requiring the commission of approximately 200 new airports.

Debris and other potential threats on runways, such as bird strikes, cost the global aviation industry an estimated $12 billion per year.

RunWize uses artificial intelligence-based image and radar processing algorithms to detect and assess threats on the runway for both planes taking off and landing, such as bird strikes and conditions increasing the danger of runway excursions.

“We are proud that Xsight’s global reputation as an industry leader is acknowledged by the Chinese aviation market,” said Xsight Systems CEO Alex Koren.

“As China is becoming the largest aviation market, with intensive growth in air traffic, there grows the need for a runway threat detection solution to boost both safety and capacity of airport runways.”, 22 June 2019

Arno's commentary

Not surprisingly, it is Israel again who has the technical know-how relating to security. It seems strange that of all the countries in the world, Israel—with a relatively small population of under 9 million—is one of the leaders when it comes to artificial intelligence in security.

We believe this is only the beginning, because Israel is the only country that has God’s promise to be superior above all others. Moses already stated 3,500 years ago: “For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth” (Deuteronomy 14:2).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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