Floating Ski Data by GNSS (FLIXDATE)
Development of a complete demonstration system for alpine ski sport traffic analysis,
traffic routing and for collision avoidance on ski slopes
FLIXDATE will be an application R&D project – it focuses on the development of an integrative
demonstration system for ski traffic management and detecting dangerous zones in skiing slopes
based on GNSS and sophisticated algorithms in relation to user requirements. The floating ski
data collection is based on GNSS (e.g. GPS/EGNOS) as positioning source. As data acquisition
tool a smart phone equipped with an applet provided by the skiing resort is envisaged. Together
with the safety aim of this applet, a slope map as help for skiers to find restaurants, parking
places, etc or “outdoor games” can be included. For the best local performance EDAS data are
obtained via PANDAS (Positioning and Navigation Data Assistance Service) will mainly be used to
augment the position solution and to obtain more accurate position and speed information. The
advantage of Galileo will also be investigated during the project work. The system will benefit
from the increased number of visible satellites in future since slopes are often aligned towards
North. A cost effective near-real-time communication link will be installed via WLAN only on
dedicated locations in the skiing resort (e.g. valley stations, ski huts).
Data evaluations will be used to generate near-real-time traffic information on the slopes.
This information can be used to guide skiers to non-crowded areas and, thus, to optimize skier
streams throughout the skiing area. The guidance of skiers is presented on information screens
and electronic traffic signs.
Due the FLIXDATE system skiing resorts will raise the number of skiers and therefore improve
their incomes in parallel with increase of safety on slopes.
TeleConsult Austria GmbH (lead)
GeoMatica – Dipl.–Ing. Johannes Vallant
EnergyData Software OG
Austrian Government (BMVIT)
FLIXDATE project website