Taylor Made Computer Solutions - Bets Use of Technology Award

Winner: Southampton Airport

A DRONE hawk used to scare away real birds from the runway helped Southampton Airport carry off the Taylor Made Computer Solutions Award for the Best Use of Technology.

The robotic bird of prey looks and moves like the real thing, but is remotely controlled from the ground by a drone pilot.

The robo hawk aims to keep runways safer, by preventing bird strikes, and reduces flight delays.

The drone was given the night off to attend the awards ceremony and joined the airport team n stage when the posed for photos.

Dan Townsend, Airside Operations Manager at the airports, told the Echo that teamwork had been the secret of their awards success.

“This is a good team delivering a great project.”

Dan said it was good to see a major employer winning as often big names did not enter local awards, believing smaller companies were at an advantage.

“We are so happy to have won now we’ve got to start on a project for next year.”

Nigel Taylor of award sponsors Taylor Made praised the ‘passion’ show by all the finalists and stressed that the fact that they technical innovations they had introduced were all for the benefits of clients and customers.

The judges said: “Using technology in an innovative, challenging and unorthodox way, the team at Southampton Airport pushed back against initial resistance in a highly regulated industry and have demonstrated that by using technology to solve problems nature brings they can achieve success in a number of areas throughout their business. Their use of innovation has subsequently helped make the Solent region, a well-connected, well-serviced and highly desirable place to do business in.”

Runners up:


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Working closely with the design team, Hillcrest is able to take the design to completion enlisting its wealth of knowledge to prevent complications thus enabling projects to be completed on-time and on budget.

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