Bihari develops system to prevent runway mishaps
PATNA: Mirza Faizan, who was born and brought up in Patna, has carved a niche in aviation safety. He has developed a Ground Reality Information Processing System (GRIPS) to prevent runway accidents with cent per cent accuracy, which has been acclaimed worldwide.
Recently, Swissport UK recommended GRIPS to National Air Traffic Services at Birmingham International Airport. Anders Field, a Nasa scientist and inventor of ILLAC-IV, the world’s first supercomputer, during his recent visit to the aerospace research lab in Bangalore said, “GRIPS is a better solution than any other solution for runway safety, for the fact that it does not depend on ground radar and any radio signals. It is actually a Ground Reality System.”
Talking about the broad aspects of this system, Faizan told TOI over phone from Bangalore, “The entire runway is fitted with long-range cameras which take a picture every 30 seconds. If any foreign object is detected, the system sends live video feed to control tower and also the warning of presence of foreign object, along with its location on the runway.”
“In July 2011, we developed the working prototype of GRIPS. Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has shown immense interest in installing this system and has invited us to give a demo/presentation in the second week of September 2011,” he told TOI.
“Today, some of the most advanced fly-by-wire aircrafts in the world like Airbus A-380 and Boeing-787 are currently flying on systems designed, developed and tested by me and my team. I also have vast experience in various aerospace standards prevailing in industry across US and European countries, Faizan said.
“While working on Airbus project in France, I have also been an air crash investigator, probing the cause of some high-profile recent air crashes like that of Air France AF-447, which crashed with 228 people on board in Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009.
“After receiving my patent, I shall be the second Indian in history to hold a patent for a system developed in aviation for runway safety.”
About his future plans, he said, “My brother Mirza Rizwan, an MBA (finance) and ace banker, is with me in developing our company. We want to give back to our state Bihar by way of growth of information technology and engineering services’ related companies,” he said.
“We are also looking for investment to set up a software development subsidiary of Avembsys and a manufacturing plant for GRIPS system in Bihar. With the setting up of a plant, we hope to generate employment for at least 2,000 people in the next three years,” he stated.
“Last year we have started India’s first research centre in aerospace, Avionics & Embedded Systems, on an engineering college campus in Bangalore . We are open to tie-up with engineering colleges in Bihar for other such research centres,” he said.