There has been an uprising industry concern for rider safety and security. The skyTECH Safe Launch system aims to eliminate all foreseeable operator errors through the integration of a programmable-logistic-control driven safety system. By including multiple mechanical, visual, and electronic safety protocols, this piece of zipline safety equipment will reduce the risk of rider injury to zero.
There are many direct and indirect benefits that come out of the combined zipline safety equipment technologies that will make this system a reality. The system will increase site revenues by a healthy amount with the inclusion of automated photo capture and sales, digital waivers, and having the entire system enabled by RFID for operational safety and system monitoring.
ELECTRIC LAUNCH MECHANISM & ELECTRO-MAGNETIC GATES
The use of an electronic safe launching mechanism will ensure no faulty launches occur. Once proper rider- equipment usage is confirmed, landing decks are cleared, and the Catch Block is properly reset, only then will the Electronic Launch Mechanism allow a launch. Magnetic Gates are also in place on the launching side of the take-off tower that only open once the landing deck is cleared and brakes are reset, prior to when the e-launchers
SAFE BRAKE SYSTEM
The Zipline Safe Brake system utilizes a proximity sensor and/or RFID sensor positioned above/below the primary brake block. If the brake is not 100% reset, the take-off and launch tower will be notified on their monitoring panels that the system is incapable of braking properly. This visual notification is paired with disabling the launch device and the PLC redundancy guarantees that the employee in charge of launch procedures will not send a rider into an improperly reset brake system.
SAFE LAUNCH 2.0
Throughout 2020, the development of the skyTECH Safe Launch system will be continued to bring further unprecedented levels of operational oversight, safety, and efficiency. The next phase of this zipline safety equipment includes client to asset tracking that brings another level of redundancy into the PLC for launching procedures and will allow the tracking of equipment usage for a higher level of safety assurance with enhanced maintenance and inspections abilities. Clients will be tracked by their gear through RFID to assure their physical characteristics match the appropriate sizing and weight limits of their assigned gear. This update is expected to be enabled by the summer of 2020.