Snowision develops fully automatic, remotely operated small sized sensor for projecting 3D map of snow cover and its properties
Snowision sensor allows predicting snow behavior by showing
through wide area the depth of snow cover as well as multiple snow properties like snow water equivalent, temperature, melting and
freezing points, water intensity and ice crust
Snowision sensor, or network of sensors, will help to assess the snow quality online, improve effectiveness of snow maintenance and cut costs
Snowision sensor works remotely with no need of hand work. It has obvious advantages, such as wide area measurement, fully automatic operation, remote data transfer, compatibility with mobile carrier (e.g. vehicle) and high angular resolution
Unique sensor network installed along ski slopes will project real-time 3D map of the snow cover by providing information of:
1) Depth of snow cover (up to 1.5
m) or ice depth (up to 0.5 m);
2) Snow temperature at any depth;
3) Snow density and snow water equivalent (SWE);
4) Microwave albedo of the snow;
5) Melting and freezing points;
6) Ice crust or water layer presence;
7) Snow structure.
Ski resorts equipped with a net of Snowision sensors and software will obtain complete 3D maps of the snow
cover on ski slopes or selected ski areas.
Ski resorts will be able to perform smart snow management and as a result minimize artificial snow production costs, increase skier days as well as improve safety on ski slopes.
Ski resorts will monitor conditions of the snow cover fully automatically and in real time.
Precise information about snow depth and SWE on the whole ski slope allows to make smart decisions for snow management, e.g. how much additional snow is needed, in how many days it will melt, should it be produced or can be removed from other areas with thicker snow cover, etc.