ACSA’s comprehensive Geograhic Information Systems (GIS) wildlife management system upgraded to reduce the risk of costly anddangerous bird strikes
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has been at the forefront of managing and controlling wildlife at all its airports, and hasnow extended its comprehensive environmental awareness and wildlife management programme to include the use of sophisticated handheld computers with integrated Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
ACSA selected Trimble Recon® Nomad™ handheld and Trimble Recon® GPS XC edition rugged handheld computers with integrated GPS for data collection. This equipment enables wildlife officers to gather valuable information in the field, capture the data once and build anaccurate, detailed and current database to manage and maintain airport infrastructures and reduce the risk of bird strikes. “Since its implementation, ACSA has been able to compile valuable statistical information, determine trends and create compliance reports” says Mike Steyn, a Geographical Information System (GIS) consultant to ACSA. The application offers a wildlife counting module, a patrol module and one for monitoring
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