for Safety Innovation detection of foreign objects on the runway Information in real-time Analysis on pavement conditions, integrity and track degradation risk Monitoring on the conditions of the runway Increase on take-off and landing security

MPP Project

The Persistent Runway Monitoring Project addresses an innovative solution on the monitoring and analysis of the airport runway status and operations made, without compromising airport operations. 

Project goals

To detect runway cracks and degradation

Detect the formation of fissures or runway degradation, enabling the airport maintenance services to adjust the maintenance actions according to the real needs, thereby decreasing the environmental impact and its maintenance costs.

Detect objects /debris

To enable the detection of objects / debris, FOD (Foreign Object Debris) which can significantly affect the runway operation.

Detect aquaplaning risk

Monitoring and characterization of the water sheets over the runway.

Expected benefits

  • Frequent monitoring of runway condition.
  • Monitoring without interference in airport operations (aircraft movements).
  • The MPP Project aims to enable efficiency gains in runway maintenance, which reduces environmental impact and maintenance costs
  • Reduce the risk of incidents / accidents through the ability to detect foreign objects / debris (FOD) on the runway
  • Reduce the risk of aquaplaning by characterizing the water sheets over the runway;
  • Reduce the risk of false alarms by integrating information from other airport systems (such as aircraft movement information and runway maintenance planning).

Identification of possible preventive maintenance actions over the pavement, but necessary in order to correct anomalies in a timely manner or re-scheduling of planned maintenance actions, which contributes to a reduction in costs.

MPP project partners




How it works


Project co-financed by:

Procedure N.:
CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-039876 • LISBOA-01-0247-FEDER-039876
Intervention area:
Approval date: 10/05/2019
Beginning date: 16/08/2019
Finishing date: 31/05/2023
Total elegible investment: 1.057.365,65€
EU Financial support: 675.116,32

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