KELOWNA, BC, May 2, 2012 /CNW/ - (TSX:HEM) From the Canada West Ski
Areas Association (CWSAA) Spring Conference, Hemisphere GPS announces
today the EquiPiste™ integrated snow grooming management system.
EquiPiste provides visual guidance, snow depth status and event logging
for snow grooming operators, mountain managers and snow road
operations. Ski resorts benefit from improved grooming quality and
productivity, optimal snow making decisions and distribution as well as
more predictable and preventative snow cat maintenance.
Snow grooming operations are tasked with creating quality snow
conditions for ski trails or pistes, as they are referred to in the
industry. Designed with an integrated touchscreen terminal and proven
Crescent® GPS, Hemisphere GPS' EquiPiste graphically displays to the operator the
areas groomed, boundaries, assets, points of interest and hazards.
Through the guidance cues, operators increase their efficiency and
quality of work by avoiding overlaps and skips in grooming. Areas that
need attention such as thin snow pack and winch anchors can be flagged
with meta-data so operators can easily navigate back at any time, even
in low visibility. Pathways can be mapped and re-used for training
novice operators or for repeatedly navigating snow roads. Operation
managers benefit from reviewing the job files from each machine to
determine variable costs, performance and maintenance tracking. As
well, data can be mapped within Google Earth™ and used for generating
daily grooming or road maintenance reports for customers.
Many ski resorts also spend a substantial amount of their budget on snow
making activities. When combined with Hemisphere GPS' survey grade
Eclipse™ GNSS technology, EquiPiste displays and records real-time snow
depth measurements and maps. The snow depth data improves the
efficiency and quality of managing the snow levels. The depth data
helps indicate where and when to make snow, it alerts the operator to
thin snow pack, where to redistribute snow as well as how to
identically recreate (day to day and year to year) downhill race
courses. Analysis of the snow depth data enables more optimized snow
"Through collaboration with the ski resort and snow vehicle machine
industry we have customized existing Hemisphere GPS technology to serve
an adjacent vertical market," says Andre Roberge, Sr. Manager of New
Ventures at Hemisphere GPS. "EquiPiste is truly a comprehensive snow
management system that allows ski and snow road operations to capture
and visualize the status and behaviour of snow for optimized grooming
and manufacturing. Our customers have experienced tremendous benefits
in productivity, quality, and safety as well as significantly reduced
operational expenditures and lowered environmental impact. As a result,
EquiPiste customers are able to provide a better standard of service
and experience to their customers."
EquiPiste is currently available through Hemisphere GPS and is on
display at the CWSAA Spring Conference in Kelowna, BC and will be on
display at the National Ski Areas Association National Convention and
Tradeshow in San Antonio, TX on May 7th and 8th. Please visit www.hemispheregps.com/snowcats for more information.
About Hemisphere GPS
Hemisphere GPS designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective GPS
(GNSS) products for positioning, guidance, and machine control
applications in agriculture, marine, survey, construction, and other markets. The Company holds numerous patents and other
intellectual property and owns several leading brand names, including Outback Guidance®, a leading brand in precision GPS for agriculture. The Company is
headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with major product development,
sales, and marketing facilities in Arizona, Kansas, and Australia.
Hemisphere GPS is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) trading
under the symbol "HEM" and is one of the TSX Cleantech designated companies. For more
information about Hemisphere GPS, please go to www.hemispheregps.com.
The above disclosure contains certain forward-looking statements that
involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These
forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and
uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Hemisphere GPS' control,
including: the impact of general economic conditions, industry
conditions, increased competition, the lack of availability of
qualified personnel or management, fluctuations in foreign exchange or
interest rates, stock market volatility and market valuations of
companies with respect to the announced transactions and the final
valuations thereof, and obtaining required approvals of regulatory
authorities. Hemisphere GPS' actual results, performance or achievement
could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by these
forward-looking statements and, accordingly, no assurances can be given
that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements
will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits,
including the amount of proceed, that Hemisphere GPS will derive there
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