Why install a Dynamic Wildlife Warning System?
Many roads often cross nature areas where animals like roe deer, badgers, elk, weasel-like animals, wild boar and foxes live. Numbers in the Netherlands show, costs of collisions with crossing wildlife are about € 50.000.000,- annually. Half of this amount is material damage and we can assume that costs like deploying emergency services, healthcare, incapacitation etc. will minimally double it. Each year thousands of people get hurt or even are killed in these accidents. In Germany every 2 minutes a collision with crossing animals occurs showing it is a serious problem. In the Netherlands in 2014 over 10.000 registered collisions with deer happened but the total number will be multiplied when we consider all species. For example, in Germany we have the figures of 2015 showing a damage of € 563.000.000,- caused by collisions with crossing wildlife. In 2006 this number was around € 500.000.000,- , 10 people got killed and 2800 were wounded. Statistics show each year this number increases with 5 to 7 per cent.
Next to this, connecting nature areas has become more needed and with Prowild we offer an affordable solution. This dynamic system warns passing traffic in time for crossing wildlife making it possible for these animals to migrate to more appropriate locations resulting in a healthy and balanced ecological situation. A diverse and healthy nature will also contribute to increasing tourism and herewith economical advantages.
How does the Dynamic Wildlife Warning System functions?
Animals will be guided by fences to a sector where they can cross the road. The length of these sectors can be determined, depending on local circumstances, to any length required. These sectors will have sensors to detect wildlife which will trigger LED signs to warn traffic. In fact this can be compared to pedestrian crossings were pedestrians push a button when they want to cross but now the animals will trigger the signs for them to cross safely.
These LED signs show a warning symbol for the presence of wildlife and the mandatory speed limit. When activated, the appropriate speed limit will be shown, bringing the driver to a heightened state of attention for the possibility of crossing animals. The result is that the chances of a collision are reduced by approximately 95%. If no wildlife is present, the standard conditions with the normal speed limit applies and no delays will occur. The main reason for the success of this system is that no routine is developing in contrary to the use of fixed or traffic-triggered signs.
There is also a system design were we do not implement fences and animals are able to cross the road at any location they like. In this situation we will install detectors alongside the entire track. When triggered traffic will be warned by optical signals on signs or side posts with dynamic led’s only in the sector with triggered sensors. To optimize maintenance it is recommendable to closely fine-tune the design with the road manager. This will result in the most optimum method resulting in minimal maintenance efforts for involved stakeholders.
As we have remote access to the system, we can monitor it and change its functionality when necessary. At any moment it is possible to download logged data of each system on our website with the use of a password. In this way you can monitor the migration of wildlife at this location every week. This can be combined with camera recordings of the animals crossing the road.
We have a variety of systems and configurations available. We will be pleased to visit you to determine the optimal solution.
How will it benefit you?
In general we can say that material damage per accident is € 2.500,-. Exact numbers are not known but by estimation this amount will be doubled due to additional costs like deployment emergency services, healthcare, incapacitation, damage due to road closures and labor costs of road management officials. This will probably lead to a total average damage over € 5.000,- per accident. At a location with 15 accidents per year you can prevent a minimal of € 75.000,- worth of damage for community.
Since 2011 we already prevented over 700 accidents and saved the community over € 3.450.000,- worth of damage with our latest generation systems. How many lives are saved or (severe) injuries has been prevented will always remain a question but surely this will be substantial.
Due to the reduction of collisions with 95%, this system will give a return on investment in a very short period. Above all, any lives saved or severe injuries prevented is reason enough to decide to install this system. Next to this the reduction in suffering of animals and connecting nature areas presenting them the possibility to migrate is an important issue that should not be forgotten.