Avalanche de­tec­tion in­ven­tion

Adventure - - Con­tents - Re­acts within sec­onds, im­me­di­ately road by means of traf­fic lights and

spot­terrf, the lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of com­pact sur­veil­lance radar (CSR), to­day an­nounced com­ple­tion of the world’s first Spot­ter radar pro­tected ski re­sort road sys­tem by GEO­PRAEVENT in Zer­matt, Switzer­land. The Spot­terRF CSR mon­i­tors two in­fa­mous avalanche gul­lies along the Swiss Alps road lead­ing to the renowned vil­lage. The unique 24/7 two-tier perime­ter line sys­tem trig­gers au­to­matic road clo­sure at the mouth of the canyon when it de­tects a snow avalanche threat­en­ing mo­torists on the only road lead­ing to Zer­matt. Geo­praeVent states, “We chose spot­terrf be­cause of the large radar cov­er­age, small size, low-power and the pos­si­bil­ity to im­ple­ment own al­go­rithms on the raw data. They’re a great team to work with. Our cus­tomer has re­peat­edly stated that he was thrilled by the sys­tem.” With a range of 2000 me­ters and a hor­i­zon­tal open­ing an­gle of 90°, the radar sur­veys an area of more than two square kilo­me­ters. When trig­gered, the sys­tem clos­ing the bar­ri­ers. Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties re­ceive pri­or­i­tized no­ti­fi­ca­tion and live cam­eras in­stalled along the road al­low them to check on the sit­u­a­tion im­me­di­ately — even at night, as all cam­eras are equipped with in­frared flood­lights. If the avalanche has not reached the road, au­thor­i­ties can re­open it from their com­put­ers or smart phones within min­utes.

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