Autonomous security vehicle set to enter operation at Edmonton International Airport


The vehicle can be controlled remotely by humans or drive autonomously, using machine-learning to perform its tasks.

An autonomous security all-terrain vehicle (ATV) developed by the Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT (microprocessor and nanotechnology) Products is now ready to patrol the perimeter security fence at Edmonton International Airport (EIA).

The vehicle is controlled remotely by humans and can also drive autonomously, incorporating machine-learning to perform its tasks.

“Safety and security is our number one priority at EIA and the autonomous ATV security vehicle will enhance our patrol of the perimeter fencing that secures the 7,000 acres of land at our airport,” explained Steve Maybee, EIA’s Vice President of Operations and Infrastructure.

“The partnership with ACAMP (Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products) to build the vehicle is also part of a larger effort to foster innovation, collaboration and economic diversification through our Airport City’s growing number of technology and aerospace companies.”

The new vehicle system includes navigation, path planning, obstacle avoidance, animal and human recognition, communication systems to airport security, geo-fencing, situational awareness and analysis and more. The autonomous ATV patrols will focus on the following:

  • Identifying damage to the chain-link fence and fence posts, verifying barbed wire is taut and undamaged, and detecting holes or gaps under the fence;
  • Detecting human or animal activity;
  • Searching for obstacles using LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging).

“The partnership with EIA has helped us build a customisable platform that uses the latest in artificial intelligence, telematics, communications and other technologies that has application worldwide,” said Rosy Amlani, ACAMP’s CFO and Vice President of Business Development.  

EIA is a member of the Advanced Systems for Transportation Consortium established by ACAMP and supported by the Government of Alberta. ACAMP is a member of the Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre at EIA. ACAMP and EIA were able to harness technologies developed by consortium members to construct and test the autonomous ATV security vehicle, readying it for regular use at EIA.  

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