Crane and Rigging Hot Line Reviews North America's First Wind Speed Sensor With Smartphone App

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Crane and Rigging Hot Line reports a technologically sophisticated wind meter designed and engineered specifically for construction cranes is being distributed throughout North America by a BC firm, Bigfoot Crane Company. An industry first, this lightweight, compact wind speed sensor mounts easily using heavy-duty magnets and provides wind speed data instantly through a paired display unit to any number of smartphones.

Windy Smartphone Anemometer

Windy Smartphone Anemometer

There have been something like 116 reported crane accidents since 2009 with 10% of those due to wind. This easy-to-use wind meter can make a big difference by alerting operators in plenty of time to stop operation and batten down.

Crane & Rigging Hot Line reports a technologically sophisticated wind meter designed and engineered specifically for construction cranes is being distributed throughout North America by a BC firm, Bigfoot Crane Company. An industry first, this lightweight, compact wind speed sensor mounts easily using heavy-duty magnets and provides wind speed measurement data instantly through a paired display unit to any number of smartphones.

Information is sent wirelessly via Bluetooth to the ‘Windy’ anemometer app, available for both Apple and Android phones, which has a working range of up to roughly 2,000 feet. Operators can program their smartphone devices to sound alarms when wind speeds reach a preset level.

“Some industries use wireless technology all the time,” says Gerry Wiebe, Bigfoot’s Director of Business Development. “This is a first for the crane industry. Operators, site managers and safety staff can all access this wind speed data in real time without having to climb up into the crane. It’s so simple.”

At just over 8” tall and weighing just a ¼ pound, the Bigfoot Wind Meter is significantly smaller and lighter than traditional wind meters. A magnetically attached mounting bracket eliminates the need for complicated mounts, fabrication or welding to the crane itself.    

“There have been something like 116 reported crane accidents since 2009 with 10% of those due to wind,” reports Wiebe. “This easy-to-use wind meter can make a big difference by alerting operators in plenty of time to stop operation and batten down. We think crane companies will see the sense in using them. For our industry, it’s revolutionary.”

For more information, please contact Gerry Wiebe at 604.557.1488 ext. 108 or gwiebe(at)bigfootcrane(dot)com

About Bigfoot Cranes:
Established in 2001 Bigfoot Crane Company Inc. represents some of the world’s best brands of tower cranes and accessories. The company supplies anything from the smallest of self-erectors to some of the largest tower cranes in the market. The company also operates a program providing training and certification for crane operators.

About Heartland Construction Division:
Heartland Construction Division., publishes a number of heavy equipment magazines, electronic newsletters, and websites for the North American market. Its print products—Crane and Rigging Hot Line, Lift and Access, Contractors Hot Line, Attachment Connection, and Parts Connection—analyze new technologies, discuss industry trends, and review unique applications for buyers and owners of construction and rental equipment.

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