The framework agreement includes the first tranche of 12 autonomous runway sweepers to be delivered from the Norwegian company Øveraasen AS. As a subcontractor Yeti Move will be supplying the autonomous technology and IT systems.
In addition to the supply of autonomous vehicles, the contract also encompasses the delivery of runway sweepers to all Avinor Airports. Avinor has approximately 150 runway sweepers at its disposal.
“We want to be in the driving seat when it comes to new ways of thinking and innovation,’ says Avinor CEO Abraham Foss. ‘With this procurement, Avinor is taking a step into winter operations of the future in which autonomous runway sweepers are part of the solution. We are among the first in the world to put a concept like this into operation, and it will enable us to fulfil our goal of being a leader in terms of winter operations over the coming years,” he says.
In the long term, the intention is that the platform for autonomous operations can enable automation of other tasks and services in the airport area. This may include grass cutting, line painting on the apron as well as sweeping.
Peter Due, CEO of Yeti Move AS, is extremely satisfied with the recently signed contract.
“The agreement with Avinor confirms Yeti Move’s position in the world of autonomous solutions for airport operations. This is a recognition of the job that we have done in partnership with Øveraasen and helps to position Yeti Move as a leading global player in industrial autonomy,’ Peter Due says. ‘It’s particularly fun given that back in the day, Yeti was founded as the outcome of Avinor’s vision for autonomous solutions for snow ploughing.”
Technological development is constantly moving forward, and it will be most gratifying to deliver the autonomous vehicles to Oslo Airport.