Plenary meeting at Caen-Carpiquet Airport

Logo of CEOS and AdC

CEOS should organize its plenary meeting with its partners at Caen-Carpiquet Airport from March 23 to 24, 2020. A flight authorization was requested so that after a presentation of the project, tests on the inspection by automated and autonomous drone in search of fence faults will be carried out on March 24 in the presence of partners and guests representing the main regional authorities and national. However, as part of the national effort to combat COVID-19, the day of presentation of the CEOS project at Caen-Carpiquet airport from 24 March 2020 has been postponed to 27-28 July 2020.
A flight authorization has been requested from DGAC; permission to emit in private 4G was also requested from ARCEP.

Main characteristics of the project:

  • Automatic out-of-sight flights supervised by an operator
  • Automatic detection and recognition of infrastructure during flights by on-board artificial intelligence to guide shots
  • Automatic detection and characterization of faults after flights by artificial intelligence
  • Redundant and secure 4G air-ground communications
General view of Caen-Carpiquet airport and an inspection drone

CEOS is a project for monitoring sensitive areas by drone. This national project is partially funded by the Normandy region for local partners: Caen Carpiquet airport for airport fence inspection tests and ADCIS company for automatic analysis of images acquired by the drone.

Other solution providers such as Thales or RTaW participate, as well as subcontractors for the drone part such as Alerion and Sysgo or even the ESIEE, the University of Lorraine and INRIA for their scientific expertise. The DGAC supports the project on regulation and implementation of the various components of the project.

Begun in 2017, the project is in an experimental phase in the field for the various use cases for detecting defaults or usury:

CEOS use cases

Aids and funding

CEOS aids and funding

Regulatory and implementation support

CEOS regulatory and implementation support

Project partners

CEOS partners

The goal of the project is to carry out, using a drone, exhaustive, and automatic surveillance of all equipment and infrastructure elements.

This project brings an environmental gain because currently the airport fences are inspected by all-terrain vehicle and, in the case of medium voltage lines, surveillance is done in part by helicopter. Using a drone also limits the risks taken by response teams and the costs incurred.

The monitoring of penstocks requires the intervention of rope access technicians and the monitoring of medium voltage lines may require a walking inspection in wooded areas. The drone makes these surveillance tasks over long distances and difficult to access, less tedious.

Generally an exhaustive inspection can be done more regularly and the automation also brings a qualitative gain because the flight plan of the drone is reproducible.

During the inspection of airport fences, the drone will travel the 7km of fence at 20km/h while remaining 5m from it and less than 5m above ground. He will photograph the entire chain-link fence then the images will be automatically analyzed when the drone returns. Defects that may allow animals or potential malicious people to pass will then be located and analyzed more significantly than at present. The more frequent and regular inspection will allow airport security and safety services to identify defects and act quickly.

Map of the route covered during a drone fence inspection

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