Roads and railways often cross natural areas. Therefore, accidents between crossing animals and passing vehicles often occur at these locations and the numbers are approximately growing with an annual 6% increase. Results in the past show that with our dynamic wildlife warning system we have lowered the number of accidents with 90% to 100% over multiple years at several locations.
Above an example of increasing fragmentation of natural areas. Photo Mark Zekhuis
We are taking more and more responsibility for prevention and start initiatives to protect and recover nature. A very good solution is to create a nature bridge to prevent conflicts between traffic and animals. Below an example of a recently delivered nature bridge near Kootwijkerzand(NL) across highway A1 combined with an underpass underneath the adjacent railway line. Prorail was working on this project together with Staatsbosbeheer, Rijkswaterstaat and the municipality of Barneveld with funding of MJPO. This project shows that various authorities and organizations are increasingly working together to realize defragmentation plans and Prowild wants to contribute to these developments.
However, these projects cost millions and it is not always possible to find sufficient funding for them. That is why we also need similar measures that are easier to finance and can also be implemented quickly.
This is one of the reasons Traffic 2000 has developed techniques with the Prowild concept to connect nature areas in a controlled way and thus prevents often traumatic collisions. With this system we look for animals present in the verge of the road and when detected, drivers of passing vehicles are warned by LED signs of a possible risk of animals crossing the road. Drivers are only warned for imminent danger and do not get used to it in contrary to repetitive warning signs and other static methods. This is mainly the reason why this method works so well and a much better result is achieved compared to static systems. Animals are not aware of this measure and can cross the road without any hindrance, creating open habitats.
Photo Prowild warning system Diepenheim
Beneath a technical drawing of the system on the image above.
Technical drawing of the Diepenheim system
The past 8 years have shown that this system, with a collision reduction of approximately 95%, was very successful at several locations. Because of these results, this investment is also well justifiable and the trend is that the interest in applying it is growing strongly.
This positive development also allows us to expand the area of applications. Currently, a project specifically for otters is being developed and we are preparing our technology to make detection over longer distances without fencing possible. After successfully testing a bird deterrent system(patent pending) we are now looking for an application on railroads. An adapted version can also be used to create virtual owl “bridges”.
Our overall knowledge of this type of technology and applications makes it possible for us to produce customized detection systems for monitoring purposes to suit your research project.
We invite you to visit our website www.prowild.net where you can find information about applied technology, methods of implementation, publications and results.
If you have any questions or if you would like to visit the location of one of our systems, feel free to contact us.