Project value: PLN 17,515,932.69
EU Grant: PLN 12,724,798.38

Project co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Smart Growth Programme 2014-2020



The objective of the project is to develop a comprehensive SAMPLE system for fully automated detection and monitoring of air obstacles with risk analysis visualization, reporting and automatic notification functions. Moreover the SAMPLE system will be able to automatically generate aerial obstacle and terrain data report from satellite imagery (Earth Observation) and supplementary data.

The SAMPLE system will enable automatic detection of newly created air obstacles, monitoring of changes in air obstacles and terrain parameters with functions of visualization, risk analysis, reporting of them and automatic notification of changes in obstacles and terrain parameters in the surroundings of airports and heliports on territory of the Republic of Poland (e.g. Polish Medical Air Rescue bases). The SAMPLE system can also provide the above functionalities in any set area (globally). The outcomes of the project may be used by entities responsible for air traffic safety and will allow the implementation of formal requirements for obstacle monitoring in specific areas of airports and helipads.


Project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union under the Smart Growth Programme 2014-2020 and carried out by consortium of AP-Tech, Creotech and the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) under the auspices of Intermediate Body, the National Centre for Research and Development. The SAMPLE system aims to design and implement an advanced system for precise detection and monitoring of air obstacles, also enabling risk analysis and automatic notification to interested areas.

The SAMPLE system is designed to detect aviation obstacles in a selected area in the vicinity of airports, as required by ICAO Annex 15 (Aeronautical Information Services).

The SAMPLE system is also designed to perform pre-flight analysis in operations with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or helicopters (e.g. Polish Medical Air Rescue).

The SAMPLE system's core functionality is based on the integration of obstacles data detected by high-resolution satellite imagery with data and information acquired from other sources, including unguarded airstrips monitored by AP-TECH's enhanced HRESS system based on continuous video monitoring.

The full range of functionality of SAMPLE system includes: 

  • Automatic or semi-automatic generation and updating of the eTOD database in standard formats used in aviation.
  • Three-dimensional visualization of information on land cover and air obstacles in the monitored/surveillance area.
  • Monitoring and surveillance of aviation operations and UAV flights in BVLOS mode, i.e. out of sight, in real time for detected and monitored obstacles, using ADS-B and MLAT technologies and radar with automatic event notification, analysis and reporting.
  • Integration with specialized systems of the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Republic of Poland.

The SAMPLE system is also designed for three-dimensional terrain surface shape analysis and obstacle detection in areas of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) operations, supporting pre-flight risk analysis (SORA) and enhancing flight safety, especially in BVLOS mode. The SAMPLE system can also be used commercially outside of aviation, for example to support line-of-sight (LOS) surveys performed by telecommunications operators for radio line connections planning.

The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the SAMPLE Consortium and do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Union.