If all goes
well, wildlife and vehicles will be much safer for the next three
months along Highway 93 west of Calgary, Alberta.
trailers sitting along the highway, technology is being used to
try to keep national park wildlife from becoming road kill. The
trailers, plus two infrared cameras mounted on 30-foot towers,
are part of a test project that began earlier this month in a
one-mile stretch of the heavily traveled Kootenay Parkway.
developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
an infrared camera capable of detecting temperature differences
of .018 degree Fahrenheit is mounted at either end of the test
from both cameras are analyzed with computer recognition software.
When an animal is detected in brush near the highway, six signs
are activated with flashing lights to warn drivers to keep on
the lookout for wildlife and to slow to about 40 mph (60 kilometers
alerts will remain in place through October. At that time, the
system reportedly will be moved to another three-month test site
near Skookumchuck, British Columbia, north of Kimberley. The Edmonton,
Alberta-based company that owns the rights to the technology reportedly
also plans to expand its applications into other parts of Alberta,
Saskatchewan and the United States.