That same technology could be adapted to any bridge where security is an issue, said Terry Wipf, the director of
Engineers from the
Brent Phares, the associate director of the
Other monitoring equipment includes infrared cameras and fibre-optic strain gauges that will be attached to the bridge and will measure changes in temperature.
Data from the monitoring equipment will be collected and processed by a computer at the bridge, Phares said. If the equipment detects something suspicious, emergency crews will be notified. Dispatchers will also have access to video images from the monitoring equipment so they can determine whether there’s an emergency.
The equipment is expected to be installed on one of the covered bridges by September. Engineers and police officials will then stage mock arson and vandalism incidents to test the system’s capabilities.