Did you know that Gephyrophobia is the persistent fear of crossing bridges? The word originates from ‘gephyro’ which means bridge in Greek, and ‘phobia’ means fear. Sufferers of Gephyrophobia may avoid routes that will take them over bridges. Typical symptoms include anxiety, irregular heartbeat, panic attacks, shortness of breath, excessive perspiration, dry mouth or nausea.
In the past 20 years, around 112 notable bridge collapsing incidents have taken place around the globe, causing thousands of deaths. This has triggered phobia across the world and reinforced irrational fears about bridge collapses.
Most of the bridge collapses are a result of poor Bridge Health Monitoring and Bridge Safety Monitoring. Some recent case studies are the collapse of the Ultadanga flyover in 2013 and the Majerhat bridge collapse in 2018, in Kolkata, India.
This is where SignaGuard steps in. Our cost-effective, single sensor approach to Bridge Health Monitoring can detect weaknesses and thus prevent costly calamities.
SignaGuard uses sensors with artificial intelligence-based technology that constantly monitors the vibrations and deflections that occur as vehicles pass over a bridge or flyover. These signals are fed into a system where the data is measured.
SignaGuard’s #IoTForPublicSafety tools can tell if there are faults in the pillars or deformation that doesn’t reverse after the applied force is removed. It can also identify the maximum load pressure for a structure and tell if the vehicular load is beyond limits at peak hours of the day.
The demand for structural damage detection techniques and trustworthy Bridge Health Monitoring systems is on the rise as the count of bridge collapses are on the climb. Prevention has always been better than cure. The time has come to cross that bridge, literally and figuratively.