The presence of suspicious baggage in an airport terminal can cause serious traffic disruptions, costing millions of dollars in lost revenue and delays that ripple throughout the aviation system. Jean-Lesage International Airport (YQB) sought a novel method to quickly and safely remove suspect baggage from their terminal. In mid-2012, YQB contracted PRS to develop a robotic system capable of removing the threat, minimizing both downtime and passenger disruption.
PRS utilized their expertise in designing and building advanced robotic vehicles to develop the Remote Package Handling System (RPHS). The 6×6 RPHS employs a steel dump box and long range wireless communication system to safely transport the suspect bag away from the terminal building. Controlled by PRS’ world-leading ARIS robot control suite, RPHS is easily teleoperated from one of YQB’s fire vehicles via an intuitive Toughbook-based Remote Control Station. This provides a safe standoff distance, allowing an effective response to the threat, without placing personnel in harm’s way.
Commissioned in January 2013, RPHS has been in service 24/7/365, protecting the airport, its staff, aircraft, and passengers. With over 41500 operational hours, RPHS has proven to be a mature, reliable system, which is a primary reason it’s been selected to protect airports across Canada.