Robin Radar Systems 

Robin Radar Systems 

Robin develops innovative radar systems to detect birds. These systems are used in wind farms and aviation. Robin stands for ‘Radar Observation of Bird INtensity’ and originated in 1989 as a project within the Dutch Research Institute TNO. In cooperation with the Royal Dutch Air Force and later the European Space Agency, they started using radar for bird strike prevention. Radar is typically used to see large objects like ships or planes. Small targets like birds resolve in the noise of other unwanted reflections (so called ‘clutter’). The essence of Robin’s expertise is clutter filtering using raw radar data. This is done in numerous steps at very high processing speeds.

In the summer of 2010 this thirty years of applied science became commercially available. At that time Robin was spun out as by entrepreneurs Addy Borst and Siete Hamminga to pursue market leadership as an independent company. Within two years the company quadrupled in size, had beaten the present market leader in 6 out of 7 tenders and become profitable. Robin recently marked the next generation in the industry by launching its FMCW radar. It has the capability to track birds in 3D and measure their wing beat frequencies for species recognition.

Collisions between planes and birds happen approximately 25.000 times per year and rises. The amount of large birds is growing world wide, as well as the amount of commercial flights. The awareness around these bird strikes increases internationally and is further accelerated by accidents like the emergency landing of a commercial jet in the Hudson River (due to geese in both engines). As a response, the more innovative airports around the world are now starting to develop new concepts of operation based on the use of bird radars. And for good reason:

Using bird radars has numerous benefits. Instead of looking one kilometre in one direction at daytime, radar identifies birds up to ten kilometres, all around, day and night. Analysing bird data gathered over a longer period of time provide a much better understand of the problem. Insights that can be used for habitat management, measuring the effect of all forms of deterrence and generating risk profiles to be used in planning.  In real time, bird information can be used as an extension of the eyes of air traffic control, pilots and bird control units.

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Robin Radar Systems

Mercuriusweg 1-A
2516 AW The Hague
The Netherlands
Tel. +31 (0) 8 8700 8700