A Star Valley business had a huge hand in the technologically advanced wildlife-crossing project on Highway 260 that was the first of its kind in the nation.
Crossline Systems of Northern Arizona, run by Jay Vagalatos and Dan Solheim, managed the technical aspects of the wildlife crosswalk project just east of Star Valley.
Vagalatos, a technology consultant, said that the project had two aspects -- the physical construction and the technical side. His company handled the imaging and networking that the system needs to operate.
"The main aspect of the system is detection," Vagalatos said. "The warning system identifies targets based on a difference in body temperature from the surrounding environment. The identification then fires off flashers warning (drivers) that elk are there."
The system is only set off when it detects the body temperature of large animals like elk and deer, Vagalatos said.
The wildlife crossing system guides animals along an electrified fence to an opening where the crosswalk is, forcing them to cross Highway 260 in a designated area. The system alerts drivers when an animal is about to cross.