At Earth Development, we provide invaluable winter services for facility management professionals, utilizing new snow removal technology and providing reliable snow removal and ice control services for businesses throughout Wisconsin.
And because we know how tough the Wisconsin winter can be, we always aim to keep you informed about the latest technology and methods. In this piece, we’ll explore everything from heated driveways to snowbots to see how you can keep your outdoor surfaces safe and clear this winter.
Online Snow Maps and Real-Time Tracking
Using an online snow map for real-time weather tracking is definitely one of the first things you should think about when it comes to preparing your property for the winter.
These online maps allow you to recognize when the weather's going to arrive, and get real-time updates. You can then use this information to take preventative measures, including laying salt or sand on your pavements and entryways to prevent the build-up of ice.
A “snowbot” is an example of how modern technology is making snow removal easier to handle. This robot, developed by Hanyang Robotics, is a snow blower that can be controlled by iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices. You may use this snow removal technology to clear pavements, driveways, and paths.
It’s great for home use, but we always recommend that Wisconsin businesses entrust their snow removal needs with our local Earth Development team. We always ensure you are abiding by all local regulations, while also making sure your driveways, parking lots, and walkways are safe to use.
If you’re renovating your home and you have the money to spare, a heated driveway can totally change your experience every winter. But how much does a heated driveway cost? Well, these underground heating systems typically cost several thousand dollars and will need to be installed before you build an entirely new driveway.
They heat up when you need them, or you can set them to automatically heat when temperatures drop. That means water will automatically melt when snow and ice begin to form, and you will find that manually clearing your driveway becomes a rare chore.
Rock salt has long been the most popular deicer. It lowers the freezing point of water making it hard for ice and snow to build up on surfaces that have been treated with it.
Today, though, there are many different kinds of deicers. The one that’s best to remove ice on your property depends on the temperatures you expect, whether or not you have plants in your yard or surrounding your walkways and driveways, and how much money you plan to spend.
We can help you decide whether to go down the traditional path of using rock salt or to use a more modern ethylene glycol or propylene glycol liquid deicer.
Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS)
Road Weather Information Systems refers to computer programs and specialist equipment that monitor air and ground temperatures to predict whether rain is likely to freeze on the ground. The sensors use real-time data to help you decide when to apply deicing solutions or sand.
Data from sensors is combined with information from various meteorological services, providing a good idea of what the weather will be like over the next 24 hours.
Automated Vehicle Technology (AVT)
Automated vehicle technology (AVT) is a clever way of reducing the amount of salt and deicing chemicals required during the snow and ice removal process. Through sensors attached to vehicles, it is possible to see what amount of salt or deicer will be necessary over the coming 24 hours period.
It means that just the right amount can be applied, which not only reduces costs, but protects the roads, cars, and even the environment by reducing the amount of product applied to the ground.
Snow and Ice Removal Is Necessary
At Earth Development, we use all the latest technology to ensure that your outdoor space is clear of dangerous snow and ice build-up. After establishing your needs, we’ll provide reliable snow removal and deicing service that ensures your customers and employees can safely access your commercial building.
Call today for a free quote and consultation!