Manchester Airport is the global gateway to the North of England. Every year, 19 million passengers, using over 60 airlines fly directly to around 200 destinations from Manchester. With around 19,000 people employed directly on-site, the airport's growth is shared by the city and the whole region.
Manchester Airport Group now serves nearly 42 million passengers through its ownership and operation of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports. Its property and facilities management arm, M.A.G Developments, is responsible for the Group’s estate and also the development of Manchester’s Airport City.
M.A.G’s overall strategic intent is to increase long-term shareholder value by generating profitable growth, developing its assets and deploying efficient and customer focused operating processes throughout the business. More than just a regional success story, the Group’s airports and property business already contribute more than £3bn to the UK economy and support thousands of jobs.
A common problem for airports and carriers is the potential of bird strikes, where multiple birds collide with the windscreen of an aeroplane or are sucked into the jet engines, causing damage and potentially posing a risk to passenger safety.
This has been a particular issue for Manchester Airport due to the presence of construction sites in the vicinity of the airport.
Given the volume of flights that depart and arrive every hour, it is critical no birds get in the way of aircraft. MAG has a dedicated team who patrol the runways meticulously to ensure no birds can be a risk.
To assist with these efforts, and provide an extra level of safety, Manchester Airport sought a technology solution that would allow them to remotely view different areas of the airport, including construction sites to monitor the location and movement of the birds, and intervene where necessary to relocate the wildlife.
The WCCTV Fuel Cell Site Tower is an all-in-one site remote monitoring system that contains a methanol fuel cell cartridge to provide uninterrupted autonomous power for up to 10 weeks before refuel.
The system provides wireless transmission (4G/3G and Wi-Fi) of video and alarms, a heavy duty infrared, 360° pan, tilt and 36x zoom camera to allow a remote operator to capture images, audio speakers to enable a remote challenge to occur and local recording capability for the storage of footage.
The WCCTV Fuel Cell Site Tower is a truly rapid-deployment CCTV system, meaning it can be installed and fully-operational in just a matter of minutes.
As the WCCTV Fuel Cell Site Tower is completely autonomous in terms of both powering and video transmission, it can be installed at practically any location - making it an ideal solution for locations where traditional CCTV is unavailable.
With each WCCTV Tower located on a different site, the wildlife control manager has access to all cameras at the touch of a button, reducing the requirement for travelling between each site.
Access to the cameras provides the team with the ability to remotely identify the species of bird and carry out risk assessments to see what action should be put in place.
“This technology has been an invaluable tool at this time given the number of construction sites we have around the airport.
It has given us the ability to keep observation on a large area for bird activity and flight lines of bird, giving good information that we can use to risk
Wildlife Control Manager