CRS Installs Lightning Detection Systems
Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS) provided site assessment, consulting services, system set up and programming support for early-warning lightning detection systems throughout northern Illinois, according to a news release from Ron Romens, president of the Verona, Wis.-based firm.
A Strike Guard system, similar to the one shown at right, manufactured by Wxline, was installed last year in Roselle, Ill., at the Claus Recreation Area in the main park office, including a base station sensor, receiver, transmitter and software. The transmitter sends a wireless signal to a remote warning station, providing data for the WAVE sirens and strobes located about one mile away at Kemmering Pool.
“Additional sirens and strobes can be quickly and easily added to other facilities at any time, as budget allows – and Roselle added another siren station this year,” said Romens.
The Northbrook Park District recently installed a Strike Guard system to provide lightning protection for a golf course, aquatic complex and an additional park location. The system ensures guest safety by using technology to automatically detect and monitor lightning strikes up to 20 miles away, determining not only alarm conditions, but also issuing an all-clear when it is safe to return to an area or activity.
Romens noted, “Strike Guard helps to eliminate difficult decisions about what is or is not considered safe for golf course and park staff, lifeguards, coaches and other volunteers.”
Burbank Parks and Recreation equipped five park locations with a Strike Guard system that utilizes Strikeview Software to provide automatic e-mail and/or text message notification to select staff members when lightning is present. This optional software allows staff to remain up-to-date on current weather conditions, even if they are away from the property. Lightning detection systems not only ensure guest and staff safety, as it does in these three Illinois park districts, but can also protect assets such as irrigation systems, electronics and computer equipment, if desired.
Commercial Recreation Specialists serves customers across the United States and the Caribbean. Founded in 1999, CRS performs a careful analysis of each client’s facility and business goals to provide recreation solutions based on the unique needs of each client. With over 40 years of combined industry experience, CRS is not only an equipment supplier for select vendors, but also offers design, planning, installation and operations services. CRS clients include municipalities, schools, sports venues, amusement parks, water parks, campgrounds, resorts, summer camps and zoos.