Vehicle Systems

Vehicle Systems

What's inside

SNOWsat offers you various modules and packages. We currently have three different vehicle systems: V1 Fleet Management Basic, V2 Fleet Management Premium and V3 Fleet and Snow Depth Management. See below for a more detailed explanation of the various functions and applications. 

SNOWsat V1 Fleet Management Basic

This vehicle system delivers simple and clear fleet management. Vehicle data is recorded and then sent to a central server for evaluation. The corresponding hardware is supplied with the vehicle system. You will also need the SNOWSat Fleet software (optional SNOWsat CAN).

SNOWsat V2 Fleet Management Premium

Fleet Management Premium gives the driver selected information in real time in addition to the functions that come with V1. This includes maps of the ski resort, anchor points, winch ropes, slope barriers, as well as already groomed areas. The information is displayed on a touch screen that is connected to an on-board computer. This means the real-time data can also be accessed easily during travel. This vehicle system also works with the SNOWsat Fleet software and can be supplemented with the optional SNOWsat CAN program. 

SNOWsat V3 Fleet and Snow Depth Management

The functionality of SNOWsat Fleet and Snow Depth Management is comparable to Fleet Management Premium. This system also includes highly accurate snow depth measurement. This data is displayed for the driver in real time and transmitted to the server. It not only allows for an overview of snow depths across the whole ski resort, but also provides the basis for optimising snow gun usage and snow-making measures.

SNOWsat V1

With Fleet Management Basis

Vehicle-specific hardware, which collects relevant vehicle data (CAN and other signals) for further analysis. This data is transmitted wirelessly to the SNOWsat server. 

This vehicle system delivers simple and clear fleet management. Vehicle data is recorded and then sent to a central server for evaluation. The corresponding hardware is supplied with the vehicle system. You will also need the SNOWSat Fleet software (optional SNOWsat CAN).

More on Fleet Management Basis. 


SNOWsat V2

With Fleet Management Premium.

In addition to the V1 system, this includes a touchscreen that displays relevant information to the driver in real time, e.g. maps, anchor points, winch cables, slope boundaries, already groomed areas, etc. 

Fleet Management Premium gives the driver selected information in real time in addition to the functions that come with V1. This includes maps of the ski resort, anchor points, winch ropes, slope barriers, as well as already groomed areas. The information is displayed on a touch screen that is connected to an on-board computer. This means the real-time data can also be accessed easily during travel. This vehicle system also works with the SNOWsat Fleet software and can be supplemented with the optional SNOWsat CAN program. 

More on Fleet Management Premium.

SNOWsat Display

Because it is simple to use, drivers only require a short induction before using SNOWsat for real. Thanks to logical symbols, plus functions and control elements perfectly tailored to need, drivers immediately feel confident with the system.

Advantages for the driver:

  • Security in the event of a claim, as the recorded vehicle data can be used to prove drivers have acted properly.
  • Simplified communication between driver and slope manager: tasks can be explained and processed using the ski resort map
  • Simple orientation in the ski resort, even in poor visibility
  • Display of the position of other vehicles and the use of winch cables where applicable
  • Display of current snow depth (with SNOWsat V3)
  • Display of centrally assigned tasks at the right position in the ski resort 
  • Easier to find, follow and clear roads and paths at the end of the season – without damaging the terrain or the machine

Vehicle-to-vehicle communication

Know rather than assume: the position of other vehicles remains visible for drivers even in poor weather conditions, as well as the position of their winch cables, tracks and snow depth thanks to the SNOWsat system. This has enormous advantages for joint grooming of slopes, but above all means an invaluable boost to driver safety in bad weather.


SNOWsat V3

With Fleet and Snow Depth Management.

Also includes the necessary equipment for highly accurate snow depth measurement (up to +/- 3 cm). This data is displayed on the touchscreen in real time, but is also transmitted to the SNOWsat server.

The functionality of SNOWsat Fleet and Snow Depth Management is comparable to Fleet Management Premium. This system also includes highly accurate snow depth measurement. This data is displayed for the driver in real time and transmitted to the server. It not only allows for an overview of snow depths across the whole ski resort, but also provides the basis for optimising snow gun usage and snow-making measures.

More on Fleet Management Premium and SNOWsat Z Web.

Snow depth measurement in real time in the vehicle

Push snow to where it's needed

The software displays the snow depth situation across the whole ski resort with an accuracy of up to +/- 3 cm.

Additional Touchscreen

The additional touchscreen shows the most important information on the map: current snow depth, slope edges, anchor points, snow-making equipment, lifts, roads and paths, buildings, danger points etc.

Everything on a map

SNOWsat covers the entire ski resort – regardless of how big it is. Thus, drivers do not have to switch back and forth between different map sections, but rather have a full overview of the entire area at all times.

Blade measurement

SNOWsat offers enormous advantages for park building thanks to the well-thought-out 3-point blade measurement with the unique 12 potential movements of the blade.

Most grooming work is effected at "standard speed": 9 - 12 km/h corresponding to 2 - 3 m/s. Up to now, snow depth has been measured with high accuracy under the driver's cab. The short distance between the cockpit and the blade is not relevant for this work. For precise tasks at slow speed, however, 3-point blade measurement is very helpful. Because the blade, which significantly influences snow depth in the grooming process, is located around 1.5 metres in front of the vehicle. With snow depth measurement on the blade, you are measuring right where the action is.

The customer is a partner 

Weisse Arena Bergbahnen AG from Laax has played a crucial role in all these developments for 3-point blade measurement. Kässbohrer has an expert partner on its side with this renowned Swiss ski resort, enabling them to break new ground together. A practical solution was developed in collaboration with the drivers from Laax – to the benefit of all: “With the customer for the customer

3-point blade measurement

The optional tool automatically calculates snow depth at three points directly under the blade, providing a very clear display of these figures on the screen.

Degrees of freedom

Blade measurement supports and captures three degrees of freedom - lifting/lowering, tilting to the side and tipping forwards of the blade.

Visual support

The display supports the driver by showing the blade and snow depth graphically and in color. At a glance, the driver can see when he is entering an area with low snow depth.

Working with target profile

Drivers can switch the snow depth display between the actual available snow and the target snow depth. 

When target snow depth is displayed, they can see the exact difference between the required snow depth and the actual situation in their current position. 

This allows drivers to identify very easily those places where a lot more additional snow is required, and where and how much snow they need to remove to achieve the desired snow profile in the end. This function is extremely helpful when grooming World Cup slopes, or constructing fun parks, border cross courses and building parks for kids and beginners. 

2D models: planned on the PC - built with SNOWsat

2D models of the main elements of the park can be displayed in the SNOWsat vehicle system, such as start and end points for kickers, which really helps drivers to configure them. 

The display can also show limits and orientation lines for the construction and maintenance of halfpipes. 

Thus, slopes or a park that have been made  before can be reproduced and can be recreated in the same form next season, for example. 

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