Experienced Provider of Airside Bird Control and Bird Strike Prevention at Airports
For over 30 years, Scarecrow Group has delivered market leading solutions in bird control and bird strike prevention to airports across the world. As an experienced provider of airport bird control, we have built an established network of contacts and technical knowledge relating to wildlife hazard management and airport bird dispersal. We provide cost-effective, efficient bio-acoustic bird control technology which can be integrated with an easy to use data logging and analysis software system.
Scarecrow’s airport bird control products use state of the art bio-acoustic technology for bird dispersal and bird strike prevention. The safe and reliable removal of birds from airports is essential to the health and safety of passengers, staff and wildlife alike. Broadcasting the distress calls of birds in order to deter them from airfields and surrounding areas has proven to be highly successful. We work with global consultants to assist airports with the implementation of bird strike control programs and bird software suiting the conditions facing each location.
Our bird strike prevention products provide effective airside bird dispersal by emitting high quality recordings of bird distress calls. We work with ornithologists and bird experts to ensure the calls have a natural beginning, are true ‘distress’ calls and not ‘alarm’ calls, and have no interference or background noise. The B.I.R.D. Tab system, which can be installed in any vehicle also allows teams to collect and analyse bird activity data, enabling them to mitigate the risk of future bird strikes.
In addition to dispersing birds at airports, Scarecrow software solutions provide airport management and operations teams with the tools required to analyse bird activity and make informed action planning decisions to mitigate future risk.
Software development has followed the recommended best practices for aerodrome operators as laid out by ICAO and further software enhancements are often undertaken following feedback from long established airport customers.
Scarecrow’s airport bird control software provides airside teams and operations managers with a high quality, simple to use system, enabling the easy collection of data detailing bird activity and actions taken. This data can be isolated, grouped and displayed on a customisable dashboard so teams can see, process, understand and share exactly what information they need at any time.
Scarecrow is a trusted and long standing bird strike control partner to many airports all over the world, having built a large network over its many years in the aviation industry. With an upfront one-off price and no hidden costs, Scarecrow’s bird software comes with the option of a market leading six year warranty, confirming its effectiveness and credibility.
Many major international airports rely on Scarecrow’s bio-acoustics technology as an essential component of wildlife management. Scarecrow systems are developed with airport clients to provide customised and reliable airport bird control solutions.
Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab: Wildlife management software and airport bird control
Scarecrow’s flagship product for bird strike prevention at airports is the Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab. The product offers two systems in one:
- Bird dispersal method using a vehicle-mounted system to convey genuine bird distress calls
- Data logging, analysis and reporting software to aid bird strike prevention at airports
B.I.R.D. Tab can be installed in any airport vehicle, and consists of a tablet computer, a GPS satellite navigation unit, a pair of loudspeakers, a processor and a touchscreen control interface for the operation. Bird dispersal is achieved via the broadcast of digitally-cleansed, natural bird distress calls which are collated in the extensive Scarecrow bird call library, and the software is adapted to the bespoke needs of each individual airport.
Scarecrow’s B.I.R.D. Tab bird strike control software features:
- Up to 20 bird distress calls per airport as required, programmed from Scarecrow’s well established library of calls, assembled with expert ornithologists
- Efficient data collection capabilities around bird activity, in line with ICAO recommended best practices
- Ability to define the information collected in line with individual airport requirements, leading to proactive bird strike prevention measures
- Detailed regular reporting available at the press of a button
- Easy data analysis of bird activity at airports and areas of concern, allowing teams to take steps to mitigate the risk of future bird strikes
- Provide validated due diligence and evidence in the event of litigation by the airlines and / or their insurers, against the cost of repair and loss of aircraft use when bird strikes occur
Given the importance of airport bird control, system training is strongly recommended. There are two separate elements to consider:
- Bird software: Training is advised on using B.I.R.D Tab for data logging of birds at airports and on how to trigger the broadcast of a bird call for controlled bird dispersal.
- Reporting/Analysis Software: Once collected data is transferred into the reporting software, bespoke reports can be run and analysed to inform bird strike prevention actions.
Scarecrow offer on-site training over two days at the time of purchase. This not only covers initial system configuration, but also the day to day use of both elements of the software. Training also includes, where possible, going out on patrol with a system user to ensure that bird activity and any bird dispersal actions taken are being logged correctly.
The majority of the training is dedicated to the reporting and analysis software, given the many different features the product has to assist in analysing and managing bird strike prevention at airports.
B.I.R.D. Tab Reporting System
Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab Reporting System is a highly effective data logging and analysis framework for airport bird strike control that has been designed to provide all of the same functions of Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab, just without the ability to broadcast distress calls to disperse birds.
Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab Reporting System is easy to use. The tablet can display a database of bird recognition information, including illustrations to aid bird identification. Although the software is not linked to the Scarecrow distress calls there is the ability to log every dispersal action taken and the method used.
Using a rugged tablet touch-screen with a GPS receiver and data collection software, Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab Reporting System creates a complete record of dispersal activity and wildlife observations. The system creates an audit trail featuring date, time, location, operator, species, flock size, attractant, dispersal direction, and method of dispersal utilised.
Reporting options range from a simple high level ‘Threat Report’ for an initial perspective, drilling down to reports by individual bird species or areas of the airport according to what information is needed by each airport bird strike prevention team.
Premier 2020: Vehicle-installed bio-acoustic bird dispersal at airports
The Premier 2020 is the replacement for Scarecrow’s well-established and long standing Digi-Scare and Premier 1500 systems. Scarecrow have now sold over 1000 of these various vehicle mounted systems to airports across the world to aid them with their bird strike control programs.
Unlike its predecessors, the Premier 2020 has been designed and built in a modular format to enable an easy “upgrade” to the fully integrated Scarecrow B.I.R.D. Tab system. The upgrade is a simple process, and enables the continued use of the Premier 2020 for bird dispersal, so that the investment in the Premier 2020 equipment can continue to be used for bird strike prevention at airports.
Off-Aerodrome Reporting (OAR): 13km zone wildlife management reporting for airports
Designed in conjunction with feedback from four UK international airports, Scarecrow’s O.A.R. is a highly effective data logging and analysis system. The product is specifically designed for those sites that have been identified by an airport as potentially carrying a risk to flight safety via bird strike, due to their proximity to the airport or flight path, combined with the bird life present at those sites.
The Scarecrow O.A.R. software makes recording bird activity observed off-aerodrome quick and simple. The collected data and subsequent detailed and high quality reporting and analysis that is available means that airports are well-placed to better manage their risk of bird strike in a much more efficient manner, while also displaying the highest standards of commitment to bird strike control and prevention.
Scarecrow’s O.A.R. software system is easy to use. The tablet displays pre-configured information for quick and easy recording, whilst retaining the flexibility to cope with anything new observed. The availability of on-screen charts provides historic statistics per species and instant trend analysis for “on the spot” decision-making regarding airport bird control.
Key features include:
- Handheld tablet with pre-installed data logging software
- Built-in GPS receiver
- A complete record of activity and wildlife observations
- A wide range of bespoke reports