PV Labs to commercialize MDA's Ice Camera
By Design Engineering StaffGeneral Aerospace Aerospace Dettwiler and Associates Inc. MacDonald sensor
Ice detection sensor spots ice build-up on runways, roads and aircraft.
Toronto – Hamilton, On.-based PV Labs Inc. has signed a licensing agreement with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., to commercialize MDA’s Ice Detection Sensor Technology.
The sensor detects ice on all surfaces including roads, runways and aircraft, with the potential for applications in a variety of transportation safety uses. The company says specific demand has been expressed within the aviation industry where the detection of ice on aircraft is critical. MDA’s patented technology uses the principal of spectral reflectivity to detect and identify the unique spectral signature of ice.
“MDA has established itself as a world-wide leader in sensor technology and we are excited to be working closely with their team to accelerate the commercialization of the Ice Camera,” said Ty Shattuck, PV Labs President and CEO. “We are anxious to engage potential customers and regulatory agencies to demonstrate the strong value proposition this technology offers to the industry.”
According to the company, MDA will collaborate with PV Labs to fast-track product development. A prototype of the Ice Camera for demonstration is projected for winter 2011 and general product availability by winter 2012.