Intelligent Deer Crossing System Just Got a Lot Smarter and Less Expensive
DeerDeter Wildlife Crossing Guard Debuts Next Generation Unit for Public Release at 2012 ITS World Congress
MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- JAFA Technologies, Inc. of Mount Laurel, NJ announced today that Austrian company IPTE Schalk and Schalk OG completed development of a far more intelligent, less expensive, next generation animal-vehicle collision avoidance system that has additional intelligent transportation and roadside communications capabilities. In addition to significantly reducing animal-vehicle collisions, the DeerDeter system can provide additional feedback by configuring the units to report the system's health and limited weather conditions and/or traffic data.
The units are activated by approaching headlights that set off an audible alarm and accompanying strobe light that acquires the attention of the animal long enough to give it reason to take pause in its travel toward the roadway, allowing a vehicle to pass. Since only an approaching vehicle triggers the device, animals are allowed to cross roadways at times when they do not present a danger to traffic. The "brains" of the unit are a durable circuit board and processor promising years of sustained performance at low cost in terms of both initial installation and follow-on maintenance. Power is provided by a solar charged arrangement that is expected to last for many maintenance-free years.
Approximately 10,000 units have been deployed and tested at locations in the US and Europe over the past five years with documented results, indicating a decrease in animal-vehicle collisions of 70% to 90%, and even a 100% decrease in some cases.
This next generation unit will be showcased at the upcoming ITS World Congress in Vienna in October. Taking advantage of the newly developed capabilities, the DeerDeter system can be configured to incorporate a MESH communications system that can provide a link to a central location via a gateway through the cell-phone network. The devices can communicate the unit's health and welfare as well as any malfunctions, resulting in an immediate response and subsequent repair. The most important attribute of the MESH based design is that units at the far end of the deployed system will detect approaching vehicles and activate units further down the roadway before they sense the oncoming headlights. This will serve to enhance performance in high-speed areas where the 400 to 500 feet range of the photo cells is not enough to activate units prior to the vehicle's arrival.
The benefit of DeerDeter is tested performance, low maintenance cost, and high system availability. The cost of lives, property, and carcass removal continues to grow with deer overpopulation. State Farm Insurance Company has cited annual figures of 1.5 million animal-vehicle collisions, with over $1 Billion in damages. As many as 10,000 injuries and more than 200 fatalities annually are reported, according to the Insurance Information Institute for Highway Safety.
More information about the DeerDeter system is available by contacting JAFA Technologies, Inc. at 856-206-9427, by email to email@example.com, or visiting the IPTE – Schalk & Schalk OG Stand E-10 at the ITS World Congress in Vienna from October 22 to 26, 2012.
Contact: Ed Mulka
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SOURCE JAFA Technologies, Inc.