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Real-time data automates winter maintenance decisions

May 1, 2024  By Turf & Rec

Hilltip has updated its HTrack system with the new StrikeSmart PLUS controller, available for the company’s line of winter maintenance spreaders and sprayers. Featuring an easy-to-use 8.7-inch touchscreen, the new control system monitors real-time weather forecasts and surface conditions and then recommends the ideal materials and spread rates for effective ice management. It also automates equipment settings to ensure the proper material rates are applied. As a result, this exclusive technology allows winter maintenance professionals to control ice with an unprecedented level of confidence, efficiency and precision.

The StrikeSmart PLUS controller works in conjunction with Hilltip’s TempStriker sensor, which continually monitors variables like temperature, humidity and surface conditions. It also assesses up-to-the-minute weather forecasts tailored to the driver’s location. The system analyzes the combined data and recommends the appropriate application rate for the job according to current and forecasted conditions. It can also suggest the most effective materials to use, such as granular salt, sand, pre-wetted salt or liquid brine.

If the recommended rates are accepted, the spreader and/or sprayer will automatically adjust its settings according to vehicle speed to achieve the target rate precisely and consistently across the property being managed. As a result, drivers can focus on safe driving without the distraction of modifying equipment settings. Efficiency is also maximized by eliminating over- and under-applying material.

“Many winter maintenance professionals aren’t confident in which materials to spread and at what rates, especially when it comes to liquids,” Craig Sandmann, North American Sales/Operations for Hilltip, said. “Our StrikeSmart PLUS controller eliminates the guesswork with automated, science-based recommendations using real-time weather forecasting and road condition monitoring. This game-changing technology is like having a digital road scout, ensuring you always apply the right amount of material for the current situation.”


The SprayStriker PLUS controller is optional for Hilltip’s line of IceStriker spreaders and SprayStriker sprayers.



This article is part of the Technology Week.
This article is part of the Snow & Ice Week.

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