Bayanat Engineering Qatar celebrates milestone achievement with completion of “Supply and Installation of LIDAR System at HIA” project with partner Vaisala for Qatar Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar Meteorology Department

Bayanat Engineering Qatar, a leading force in cutting-edge technological solutions, proudly announces the successful completion of its innovative project in partnership with Vaisala for the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar Meteorology Department. The project “Supply and Installation of LIDAR System at HIA,” marks a significant milestone for Qatar.
The implementation of the LIDAR system at Hamad International Airport signifies an advanced step in modern meteorological forecasting, filling an important gap. The state-of-the-art technology, a first in the MENA region, promises unparalleled accuracy and reliability, providing continuous awareness of the boundary layer and other vital factors. The scanning LIDAR system empowers better forecasting, informed decision-making, and more effective crisis management, positioning Qatar at the forefront of meteorological advancements.
The LIDAR system is a crucial tool in aviation safety, detecting wind shear and gusts to provide timely warnings for airport operators. This not only enhances safety but also improves landing capacity by reducing spacing between aircraft in the approach path. With its 360-degree 3D wind awareness at long range, the LIDAR system provides comprehensive data for meteorology decision-makers, ensuring safety and operational efficiency. Its deployment brings various benefits, including enhanced weather forecasting, improved climate modeling, and increased frequency of landings and take-offs, showcasing its transformative impact on Qatar’s aerospace safety and efficiency.
“Bayanat Engineering Qatar is thrilled to announce the successful completion of the ‘Supply and Installation of LIDAR System at HIA’ project in partnership with Vaisala for the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority – Qatar Meteorology Department. With Bayanat Engineering Qatar expertise in the State of Qatar with over 20-year experience and Vaisala’s solutions built on decades of experience and cutting-edge technology, this project stands as a remarkable achievement for Qatar’s Meteorology Department and the Civil Aviation Authority for Hamad International Airport. We are proud to be a part of this project, which further strengthens the safety of Qatar’s aerospace and contributes to more sustainable environmental path. Our gratitude extends to our clients and partners for their unwavering support. As Qatar continues to enhance its infrastructure and technological capabilities, Bayanat Engineering Qatar remains steadfast in its commitment to contributing to the nation’s prominence in the MENA region and Internationally.” (Managing Partner, Hasan Ezzeddine)
Bayanat Engineering Qatar looks forward to continuing its trajectory of excellence, pushing the boundaries of technological innovation, and contributing to Qatar’s continued success on the global stage.
About Bayanat Engineering Qatar:
Bayanat Engineering Qatar is a leading provider of advanced technological solutions, specializing in cutting-edge projects that contribute to the safety and efficiency of critical infrastructures. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, Bayanat Engineering continues to be at the forefront of technological advancements in the MENA region.

L-Band radar launch gives Qatar’s air traffic control capabilities a boost

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Tribune News Network

Doha

Qatar completed a major step forward towards enhancing aviation navigation by launching a cutting-edge long-range L-Band radar. This radar system, supplied and built by Thales, a global pioneer in advanced technologies and implemented by Bayanat Engineering Qatar, a key system integrator in the Qatari market, marks a significant increase in Qatar’s air traffic control capabilities.

The newly deployed L-Band radar uses cutting-edge technology and satisfies the most recent national and international requirements. It is advantageously positioned to cover the vast Doha Flight Information Region (FIR), with a range of 250 nautical miles (about 400 kilometres). Remarkably, it has the capacity to detect airplanes at altitudes ranging from 3,000 to 65,000 feet.

“The aerospace sector in Qatar is well known for its exceptional safety practices and outstanding accomplishments. The nation’s aerospace capabilities have reached new heights with the completion of the L-Band for QCAA (Qatar Civil Aviation Authority) project by Bayanat Engineering Qatar and Thales,” said Hasan Ezzeddine, managing partner Bayanat Engineering Qatar.

“The introduction of the modern L-Band QCAA radar system emphasises Qatar’s dedication to preserving and improving its exemplary track record in air safety. This radar system enhances the current safety facilities by incorporating cutting-edge technology, thereby ensuring the ongoing security of Qatar’s airspace. The development of its infrastructure and the adoption of cutting-edge techniques have always been top priorities for Qatar’s aerospace industry. The conclusion of the L-Band QCAA project is a testament to Qatar’s innovative thinking and commitment to staying at the forefront of the sector”, Ezzeddine added.

“Qatar demonstrates its dedication to meeting and exceeding international standards by this large expenditure, reaffirming its position as a world leader in aircraft safety. The L-Band QCAA radar system significantly enhances Qatar’s already outstanding aerospace accomplishments and solidifies its position as an exceptional and safe airspace. We are delighted to have finished a project of this scope and we intend to keep doing so to provide Qatar our support for the Qatar 2030 goal”, he concluded.

The implementation of this radar is part of the QCAA’s dedication in achieving the Doha FIR’s key strategic goals of improving air traffic management in Qatari airspace and early detection of aviation activity inside the region.

Bayanat Engineering Qatar launches cutting-edge L-Band radar system

Doha, Qatar: Qatar completed a major step forward toward enhancing aviation navigation by launching a cutting-edge long-range L-Band radar.

This radar system, supplied and built by Thales a global pioneer in advanced technologies and have been implemented by Bayanat Engineering Qatar major key player in system integrator in Qatar market, marks a significant increase in Qatar’s air traffic control capabilities.

The newly deployed L-Band radar uses cutting-edge technology and satisfies the most recent national and international requirements.

It is advantageously positioned to cover the vast Doha Flight Information Region (FIR), with a range of 250 nautical miles. Remarkably, it has the capacity to detect airplanes at altitudes ranging from 3000 to 65000 feet.

Hasan Ezzeddine, Managing Partner, Bayanat Engineering Qatar said: “The aerospace sector in Qatar is well known for its exceptional safety practices and outstanding accomplishments. The nation’s aerospace capabilities have reached new heights with the completion of the L-Band for QCAA (Qatar Civil Aviation Authority) project by Bayanat Engineering Qatar & Thales. The introduction of the modern L-Band QCAA radar system emphasises Qatar’s dedication to preserving and improving its exemplary track record in air safety. This radar system enhances the current safety measures by incorporating cutting-edge technology, ensuring the ongoing security of Qatar’s airspace. The development of its infrastructure and the adoption of cutting-edge techniques have always been top priorities for Qatar’s aerospace industry. The conclusion of the L-Band QCAA project is a testament to Qatar’s innovative thinking and commitment to staying at the forefront of the sector. Qatar demonstrates its dedication to meeting and exceeding international standards by this large expenditure, reaffirming its position as a world leader in aircraft safety,”

“The L-Band QCAA radar system significantly enhances Qatar’s already outstanding aerospace accomplishments and solidifies its position as an exceptional and safe airspace. We are delighted to have finished a project of this scope and we intend to keep doing so to provide Qatar our support for the Qatar 2030 goal,” he added.

Qatar inaugurates long-range L-Band radar to enhance air navigation

Doha, Qatar: To complement development plans and enhance air navigation operations, the long-range L-Band radar was inaugurated in the North of Qatar.
Minister of Transport HE Jassim Saif Ahmed Al-Sulaiti today inaugurated the radar
Supplied and installed by Thales, the L-band radar complies with state-of-the-art technology and latest national and international standards. It will be covering the Doha Flight Information Region (FIR) with a range of 250 nautical miles (about 400 km), and it can detect aircraft from a height of 3000 to 65000 feet.

The radar and systems are connected to the operations of the Qatar Air Traffic Control Center.
The inauguration ceremony at the site of the radar was attended by French Ambassador to Qatar HE Jean-Baptiste Faivre, Thales Qatar CEO Fabrice de Bodard, and several officials from the MOT and Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, after which HE Minister Al-Sulaiti visited the radar operation center and was briefed on its features and systems, which complies with the latest national and international standards and technology.

“With the start of managing the first phase of the Doha Flight Information Region and as the State of Qatar is starting to fully manage the region for the country’s airspace, this radar constitutes a qualitative addition to the work of air navigation and an essential step in the field of developing the services it provides, and to enhance its previous achievements, and an affirmation of its continuous approach to making the future of the aviation industry in the State of Qatar more efficient and developed,” said HE Minister Al-Sulaiti.

Launching this radar today, he added, is building upon numerous achievements toward bringing the civil aviation sector to the best levels in terms of efficiency and accuracy and this is being done by developing work mechanisms, adopting modern technologies, and keeping pace with international standards, to enhance the status and presence of the State of Qatar on global aviation map, thus achieving the QNV2030.

“In parallel and out of our faith in the national talent and competencies, some Qatari engineers from the Air Navigation Department were sent to French Thales for hands-on training in the operating mechanism of the radar,” he noted.

Mohamed Faleh Alhajri, in charge of managing the QCAA, said launching this radar is supporting the progress of the current phase, complementing the development plans in place, and a new step toward a more efficient future for civil aviation.

He added that the QCAA has worked during the past years to enhance its capabilities and implement many plans and strategies, which contributed to adopting the latest technologies and providing the best systems used in the field of air navigation in order to achieve the desired goal of development and progress and building a safe and sustainable civil aviation system according to the highest global standards.

The deployment of this radar comes as part of the measures taken by the QCAA to achieve the fundamental strategic objectives of the Doha FIR, to enhance air traffic control in Qatari airspace, and early detection of air traffic within the region.

Minister launches long-range radar for air navigation

The Qatar Civil Aviation Authority (QCCA) Monday launched a state-of-the-art Long-Range Band Radar at Al Shamal that will ensure smooth and secure air navigation with high levels of accuracy within the newly established Doha Flight Information Region (DFIR).
HE the Minister of Transport Jassim Saif al-Sulaiti launched the radar in the presence of dignitaries and top officials from the Ministry of Transport (MoT) and QCCA.
Supplied and installed by French multinational company Thales, L-Band Long Range Radar complies with the latest national and international airtraffic control standards. It consists of the basic radar to cover the Doha Flight Information Region, with a range of 250 nautical miles (about 400 km) that can detect aircraft that flies between the altitudes of 3000 feet and 65000 feet in the region. The radar and systems are linked with the Qatar Air Traffic Control Center. The long-range radar also covers Kuwaiti, Emirati, and Bahraini airspace, as well as parts of Saudi and Iranian airspace.
It’s worth noting that six Qatari engineers from the Air Navigation Department were sent to get trained in its operations at the manufacturing company in France.
The adoption of this radar comes as part of the measures taken by QCAA to achieve the main strategic objectives of the Doha Flight Information Region (FIR) such as to enhancing air traffic control in Qatari airspace enabling early detection of air traffic within the region while developing work mechanisms, adopting modern technologies, and keeping pace with international standards, to enhance the status and presence of Qatar on the global aviation map.
“During the previous years, QCAA took many measures to improve the status of the civil aviation industry in the State of Qatar, and paid great attention to all areas of this vital sector, and to air navigation concerned with managing the airspace in the State of Qatar and maintaining its security and safety. This was reflected in the great support provided by the Authority to this field, in terms of adopting the latest technologies and providing the best systems used in the field of air navigation, in cooperation with several companies around the world, specialized in the development of air navigation, with the aim of keeping pace of global technological changes and developments and ensuring further development and progress. This is in addition to providing expertise and specialized cadres, intensifying training processes and developing existing competencies to improve the level of performance and quality of work,” a statement from QCCA noted.

Social media monitoring tech – in public safety

Social media monitoring is extremely advantageous to have in our lives for public safety reasons. The latest technologies make it easy to identify issues relating to public safety in real time on social media platforms.

The relevant authorities can monitor and respond to emergencies when required by detecting meaningful patterns and trends in the information flow and streams of messages. They can identify events through significant spikes in activity and the meanings can be determined by changes in content.
Social media monitoring technology can be used by the police, government officials, community organisations, businesses and the general public to improve public safety and well-being.

Communication is the key

Social media enables us to stay in touch and relay information to the people we choose. Communication is the key to our well-being and today’s social media platforms have become increasingly versatile and powerful.

The latest evolution in social media monitoring technology enables authorities and companies to listen to the general chatter found online. It can be used a means of communicating important information to the public in a direct and personal way.

Crisis alerts

Recognising a potential crisis, alerting the public and putting the relevant emergency measures in place is one way social media can aid public safety.

The most widespread social media tools are Facebook and Twitter, with 2.91 billion and 237.8 million users respectively. These two channels alone have had a central role in monitoring world events, such as the London riots, the northern Africa revolutions and the nuclear accident and tsunami in Japan.

Social media was used by citizens for organising and spreading information, while it was also a vital communication link and major source of information for emergency services managers. Communicating in real-time enabled rescue efforts to focus on the right places.

Emergency management

Europe has several different technical systems in place for emergency management. These include satellite-based warning systems, high-level strategic and organisational systems, sirens and automated emergency messages. Social media complements these physical systems to communicate crisis information to the wider population.

Crisis communication strategies are vital for every organisation, private or governmental. Best practices during a crisis include using social media technology aligned with overall crisis communication strategies.

Disaster relief

A recent study into using social media monitoring to aid disaster relief found it was generally considered an effective platform to improve awareness among communities.

Emergency responders use social media to tailor crisis information to address people’s needs and to understand the sentiments of communities. In doing so, the information they provide can mitigate rumours and dispel panic.

Regardless of the official authorities’ presence on social media platforms, the public can keep up the conversation about the crisis or emergency. This can then be flagged up to the relevant organisations to give them real-time updates.

Importance of reliable sources

A warning from a credible source, such as a government department, or the emergency services, will have a greater impact that general chatter. This is why it’s crucial that official bodies make use of social media monitoring technology to focus on what’s happening in the world.

If a source isn’t considered as reliable and the appropriate authorities haven’t picked up on what is genuine news and added their weight to the information, people tend to doubt its authenticity.

When the content is from a reliable organisation and addresses factors such as the time, location, impact and magnitude of an event, the public are more likely to believe the message and will become motivated to take protective action.

Social media monitoring technology is an important part of our lives for public safety reasons and should be embraced and developed.

How social media monitoring technology improves public safety in the aviation industry

Communication is key in our modern society, with social media platforms making it easier than ever to stay in touch and relay information to the people you want. This is equally true for the aviation industry, which has a duty of care to its passengers and the general public. To facilitate this duty, the aviation industry benefits greatly from social media as a way to communicate with passengers and the public.

The aviation industry and social media

During social media’s infancy, many airline companies used this platform as a complaints handling system. Disgruntled airline passengers would take to social media platforms like Twitter to complain about poor service or an issue during the flight. Social media culture has changed significantly since then, and social media platforms have become more powerful and versatile in their application.

Social media monitoring technology is the latest evolution in social media, and it allows companies to listen to the chatter found online. Moreover, social media monitoring can be used as a way to communicate with passengers and the public in a more direct way.

Helping prepare for disruptions

Social media monitoring can be an excellent tool for the aviation industry to predict and prepare for disruptions in travel. British Airways left passengers irate in 2019 after an IT error at Gatwick Airport caused significant delays and flight cancellations. Passengers were quick to take to social media to air their grievances with the company.

However, this fracas could have been avoided if British Airways used social media monitoring to analyse and track the complaints on social media. If complaints start to develop online in a public space, social media monitoring can alert airline companies to the growing frustrations and deploy an emergency response procedure. This should focus on public relations and requires expert social media communication to dispel the complaints.

Real-time flight tracking and alerts

One of the most common challenges facing the aviation industry is cancellations and amendments to flight schedules at short notice. This is an everyday occurrence that could potentially result in complaints, confusion and chaos at airports. Cancellations or amendments to flights can occur for many internal and external reasons – from bad weather to staff shortages.

The aviation industry can benefit greatly from using social media to inform their passengers about any upcoming delays or cancellations in real-time.

Although this doesn’t provide a complete fix to the problem, many passengers will see these notifications with enough time to amend their travel plans. Real-time social media responses can empower the aviation industry with a way to communicate in real-time about things like weather updates and changes to flights.

As we develop more useful ways to communicate through social media, the aviation industry could stand to benefit from these innovations. From providing accurate, real-time information to passengers about flight changes to keeping passengers informed about technical difficulties, social media can be an incredibly powerful tool. Moreover, it brings passengers and airlines closer together which can improve trust levels with airlines.

If you would like to learn more about how social media monitoring technology improves public safety in various industries – do not hesitate to contact Bayanat Engineering Qatar for information or go to our website.

Buoys – what are they and what are they used for?

Buoys are floating objects anchored at specific locations to assist maritime navigation and safety in oceans, lakes, water channels and rivers. There are various different types of buoys, each with its own purpose.

Harbour masters, mariners and other seafarers have relied on navigation aids for safe sea journeys for centuries. The history of buoys dates back to the 13th century. Their design over the years has developed from a basic wooden raft into today’s high-tech maritime tools.

History of buoys

The first buoys were used in the Guadalquivir River in Spain in the 13th century, according to the 1295 mariners’ handbook, La Compasso de Navigare. The guide contained details of sea routes and approaches for boats around the Iberian Peninsula.

Basic buoys that were simply wooden rafts were used to direct vessels attempting to access Sevilla. A buoy was recorded on the nautical chart, Lo Compasso De Navegare, detailing Mediterranean Sea routes in 1296.

Thirty years later, historical literature detailed the use of buoys in the Zuider Zee, a North Sea bay used by ships sailing to Amsterdam and other European ports. These comprised a hollow drum bound with iron bands and secured by chains tied to a heavy stone.

While the early buoys provided a navigational service in daylight hours only, experiments began in the 19th century to find other ways of highlighting the buoys’ location, even at night. Bell buoys that made a clanging sound as they moved in the waves were developed.

Patented in 1876, US Lighthouse Society member John Courtenay’s groundbreaking whistle buoy contained a hollow tube with a whistle attached on top. As the buoy moved, air was forced up the tube and produced a whistling sound.

Uses of modern buoys

The capabilities of today’s modern buoys have far exceeded their predecessors. The three different types of buoy are used for navigation, mooring and data platforms. They guide and warn seafarers, mark the position of a submerged object and moor vessels before they drop anchor.

Two international systems mark channels and submerged hazards. Both systems use buoys of standardised shapes and colours to highlight safe passageways. In addition, special-purpose buoys including anchor buoys, cable buoys and race buoys have various uses.

Mooring buoys differ from other types, as they are a point where vessels can be tied up. The mooring buoy is secured to a group of permanent anchors by a heavy chain. It is a connecting link between the boat and the anchors. A moored vessel needs less space to swing with the tide and wind than a vessel at anchor.

The purpose of data buoys is to support, power and protect a number of sensors that measure water conductivity, depth, temperature, pH, chlorophyll A, dissolved oxygen and turbidity for scientific purposes.

Solar light-up buoys

The latest 21st-century innovations include solar light-up buoys to aid navigation. Solar power is used to light the buoys, which are made in a variety of colours. The rechargeable solar light engine illuminates several bright LED lights so the buoy can be seen after dark.

They can be used to mark the location of a pier or dock. Their bright LED glow means they are visible for up to half a nautical mile away. The solar sea buoys are a fine example of modern marine technology. They are an eco-friendly option due to being solar-powered.

The latest buoys have come a long way since the wooden raft structures of the 13th century, but one thing remains the same: they are still the road signs of water more than 700 years after their invention.

If you would like to learn more about the marine buoys and other marine solutions – go to Bayanat Engineering Qatar website bayanatengineering.qa to learn more about solutions that can help your organization.

How revolutionising security systems inside airports improves the customer journey

It’s undeniable that airports are key targets for those who want to cause harm. Because of this, security must remain stringent at several stages throughout the passenger’s journey. From the moment they step through the door, multiple airport staff play a role in keeping both the airside and landside areas safe. Those same activities also ensure aircraft remain safe as they move through the airspace.

While airport security won’t go away any day soon, there is room for improvement. Revolutionising security systems inside airports is achievable. Here are some areas airports could focus on.

Optimise Baggage Screening
Effective baggage screening is necessary but can act as a point of frustration for passengers. They’re aware that their journey to the aircraft is time-sensitive, and inefficient screening acts as a bottleneck that slows them down.

Adopting new screening technologies ensures that bags are scanned faster but with the same diligence. By steering away from traditional x-ray solutions, those who work in security lanes can reduce their manual input. With less manual input, it’s possible to screen baggage while remaining compliant with international regulations. Passengers experience fewer frustrations while continuing to benefit from a safe environment.

Identify Passenger Bottlenecks
Passenger bottlenecks act as security risks for several reasons. First, they act as a point of frustration. If the congestions results in a passenger missing their final call to the gate, they may become aggressive towards airport staff. In areas such as border control, they can result in staff becoming overworked. When staff fatigue sets in, they’re less likely to perform at peak efficiency.

Passenger tracking systems identify where they are occurring. As overcrowding begins to build, those who work in airport operations can receive notifications that allow them to act. Having information on these situations makes it easier to deploy staff appropriately. It also allows airport operations managers to gather data that helps them plan future staffing levels and prevent problematic incidents. Overall, this also contributes to passengers enjoying a timely and pleasant journey through the airport.

Efficient Queue Management Systems
Few people enjoy queuing. Again, due to the time-sensitive nature of airports, queues can soon cause frustration to build among passengers. Poorly managed queues can have an adverse effect on staff too. For example, if those who need to go airside to perform their duties face long queues, they’re likely to be late for said duties. This could result in a lack of necessary staff airside during key points of the day, making the customer experience unpleasant for passengers.

Advanced queue management systems allow operations managers to make predictions. With those predictions, they can staff areas adequately and reduce the number of excessive queues generated throughout the day. They also alert operations managers as to when they need to redeploy staff and offer extra support to areas where employees need to go airside. From a security perspective, this ensures that queues are still managed in accordance with IATA regulations. When it comes to keeping passengers happy, efficient queues ensure that everyone reaches where they need to be in order for airport services to run smoothly.

Revolutionising security systems inside airports is about much more than staying safe. With the right approach, you can heighten passenger satisfaction too. To discuss ways to revolutionise your airport’s security systems, contact us for an expert consultation or visit our website bayanatengineering.qa for more information.

What is GPS, and how does navigation work?

Navigations and systems such as GPS are fundamental parts of ensuring an effective airport. After all, planes use GPS to get to the right location and broadcast where they are, and effective navigation means that aircraft plan the most efficient routes possible. Learn more about what GPS is, how navigation works and some of the systems and solutions in the navigation process at an airport.

What is GPS?
GPS stands for global positioning system and was initially a system that the United States military developed to increase the accuracy of its targeting systems. This meant more accurate positioning of aerial bombardments and artillery. In the years since, GPS has become an important tool for members of the general public, providing people with real-time tracking of their own location.

GPS works by sending signals into space, with three satellites or more returning the signal and triangulating the location of the device to a more specific location. The use of satellites makes this an accurate form of tracking in all environments, with devices such as cell towers being almost useless in remote environments such as forests and deserts. On the contrary, satellites have excellent access and visibility across the entire planet.

How does navigation work?
Navigation at an airport works in a unique manner, with different systems and solutions depending on the range and objectives of each system. These include:
Non Directional Beacon (NDB)

A non-directional beacon, or NDB, is a system that sounds out a message to a specific range away from the airport. Pilots use this information to understand where they are and to cross-reference between the satellite-based navigation systems that they use and the real world. The beacon is an ideal method of ensuring that you are where the map says you are, with beacons informing pilots of details such as the airport emitting the beacon and some of the conditions within the range of the beacon, assisting pilots that are landing.

TACAN (Tactical Air Navigation)
TACAN is a form of RADAR navigation system that uses high-frequency signals and their reflections to understand the distance and bearing of an aircraft from a ground station. With several ground stations in place, airports and other authorities have a higher chance of triangulating the specific location of the aircraft rather than a single idea of the distance and bearing. More stations mean higher precision and greater certainty of where aircraft are in the sky. This helps airports track traffic and plan for landings.

Visual Guidance Docking System (VDGS)
The Visual Guidance Docking System, or VDGS, is a system that supports planes in the final phases of their approach. Once a plane has completed its journey, it uses a series of lights and signs to carefully approach the terminal, docking without the risk of causing any damage to the airport itself or the plane. These lights provide pilots with guidance even in dark or foggy conditions, keeping passengers safe and reducing any potential for confusion on the pilot’s end.

If you have an interest in learning more about navigation systems and installing them in an airport, contact the Bayanat Engineering Qatar team today to find out more and visit our website at https://www.bayanatengineering.qa/.

People counting systems and crowd monitoring

When running any large organization, balancing the size of your operation and the people using it is a necessity. For locations such as airport, this includes using thorough people counting systems and crowd monitoring solutions. Find out more about what people counting and crowd monitoring are, the benefits of these systems and how airports implement them in day-to-day operations.

What is people counting and crowd monitoring?

People counting refers to systems that airports and other large facilities use to track the number of people in a space. This is a relatively simple process, using AI as a means of tracking the number of people entering the airport by counting the number of boarding passes accepted and counting passengers that leave through the air. This includes both counting individuals in the group and “crowd counting”, which is a method of estimating the number of people through recognizable body features.

Crowd monitoring slightly differs, instead focusing on the way that a crowd behaves and moves. This means that an airport has the right security provision in the right place at the right time, reducing the risk of people causing harm to one another through overcrowding and other related issues.

Technology used in people counting and crowd monitoring

There is a selection of technology that organizations use in the people counting and crowd monitoring processes. These include:

CCTV

CCTV is one of the simpler methods of using crowd monitoring. This is a series of cameras that show security and logistics teams the entire airport, providing instant access to an idea of the levels of footfall that the airport is experiencing at any one time. CCTV is prevalent in businesses and premises of all kinds, which makes it a highly flexible method of counting people and monitoring the size of crowds as they move and develop throughout the day.

Monitoring crowds is impossible without seeing them, and organizations see crowds with ease when using CCTV.

Queue Management Systems (QMS)

Queue management systems play an underlying role in monitoring and controlling the number of people in a set area at any one point. For example, one kiosk with a large queue receives a significant number of customers, and upon seeing this amount of customers the organization opens more kiosks. This is a method of diluting the excess pressure on individuals and bottlenecks in the organization, increasing efficiency and significantly reducing the density of crowds.

Guidance signage

Guidance signage sees use at the very end of the process. Airports and other facilities use guidance signage to guide people to the right location, such as signage that shows passengers where their next flight is and exactly when the flight is due. Monitoring crowds and then implementing systems to control them keeps the people in the airport as safe as possible, preventing dangerous crushes and guaranteeing a more comfortable experience.

If your organization has any interest in making use of people counting systems and crowd monitoring, contact Bayanat Engineering Qatar to find out more about how to count the people within your premises and how to monitor and manage large crowds on our website https://www.bayanatengineering.qa/.