Friday 28 July 2017

SMEs called to action to tackle safety risk of wildlife activity on Dublin Airport airfield

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

While birds and small animals can sometimes become unfortunate victims on our roads, they also pose a potential safety risk for the driver - and the same dangers apply on the airfield.

In an effort to address the challenges of wildlife activity on the airfield at Dublin Airport, a tender competition has been launched to help find an adequate solution.

Dublin Airport and Enterprise Ireland - through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) open tender initiative - are encouraging firms to research and develop smart, low cost and innovative technology that further reduces the risk.

"The aviation business is dynamic and constantly evolving and we are continually seeking solutions that are specific to our industry challenges," Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said.

"Like other international airports, Dublin Airport already has robust systems in place that continuously monitor wildlife activity around our airfield."

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Dublin Airport has had a comprehensive Wildlife and Habitat Management Plan in place for decades, using a number of methods such as implementing a dedicated grasslands management plan, daily patrols on the airfield and employing a consultant ornithologist for expert advice on bird activity.

Minister of State for Skills, Training, Innovation, Research & Development John Halligan said the SBIR tender process is about enabling public sector bodies to connect with innovative ideas and technologies.

"I am pleased that the SBIR is particularly suited to small and medium sized businesses and I welcome the further opportunities this initiative may open up for this sector," he said.

The invitation to tender document is available on eTenders website, www.etenders.gov.ie, and an information day to outline details of the project will be held at the airport on July 4.

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