Laser Technology's TruPulse 360R Helping to Re-Light Up Detroit

by KHarrold 6. November 2013 12:53

A new program by the Public Lighting Authority has begun to help restore the lighting on the streets of Detroit and the TruPulse 360R laser rangefinder is instrumental in making this happen.

The last several years have been everything but kind to Detroit, Michigan’s economy. Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy July 18 and the lack of money has showed in abandoned neighborhoods, peaked crime rates and more recently, with the city’s inability to maintain and keep vandals away from street lights.

The city is home to over 88,000 street lights, according to the public lighting authority, and it is estimated that only half of these lights are currently functioning. Some street lights have just broken and have not been fixed, but many of the lights are not working because people have stripped the lights of valuable copper. A representative from The Public Lighting Authority assures that the new light systems do not use copper, protecting them from being vandalized by scrappers.

A survey has begun of the non-functioning lights. Public Lighting Authority surveyors are seen in the news video below using the LTI TruPulse to map the broken light poles across the city. With the TruPulse 360R, workers can instantly measure the distance and bearing to the pole and calculate the height - all with a single push of a button.

Surveyors are using LTI's TruPulse laser rangefinder to map light poles in Detroit.
Watch news video: WDIV-TV in Detroit 9-19-13

Although authorities say the huge task of fixing 88,000 lights could take up to three years, the surveyors have a leg up because of their great equipment choice. Hopefully Detroit neighborhoods will be bright again sooner than expected.

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