SIMONA visibility detection

Airport operations are highly dependent on visibility conditions. In case of low visibility, only aircraft with special equipment are allowed to take off and land, and the frequency of movements may also have to be reduced.

Visibility is measured by sensors at the airport, which transmit data to the aeronautical meteorology service. However, small-scale fog patches or disruptive factors such as insect swarms may distort this data.

Austro Control Digital Services has therefore developed SIMONA.

SIMONA provides a sensor-independent visibility assessment from 360° panoramic images, which is used to check the plausibility of the sensor measurements. By evaluating the large image section, SIMONA is very robust and therefore a valuable data source for the aeronautical meteorology service.

Detection of fog patches in the runway area in panoramic view
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