Being located near the world-famous Wildwoods Boardwalk, the owners and employees regularly took their children there for fun and entertainment. Therefore, we all recognize that any system developed for this industry must be safe, accurate, reliable, and easy to use. We understand that these systems must run seamlessly for long hours under potentially harsh environmental conditions in order to provide the best experiences for both adults and children.
For many years, our company attended the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) conventions and sold our systems to parks all over the United States. In case anyone on this site remembers us, we sold our amusement park products under the company name of Slide Alert Systems. All products developed for sale under Slide Alert Systems were actually designed and manufactured by Thomas Instrumentation personnel.
The following is a brief description of our products:
Dispatchers (Water Slide Safety/Dispatch System)
Slide Alert Systems was one of the early developers of safety systems for water slides. Previously, people would have to trust in the judgment of a slide operator to tell them when the slide was clear and the next person could enter. Often times it is difficult to judge when the slide is clear because of the slide’s shape or a lack of visibility of the end of the slide.
With our system, it no longer mattered if the slide operator could see the bottom of the slide. Our dispatch system relied on a type of proximity sensors placed within the slide itself to tell if a person had completed a run on the slide. A stop light sign at the top of the slide reliably showed both operators and riders when the slide was in use (red) and was clear (green). This system greatly reduced the number of injuries and accidents that occurred on waterpark slides.
Race Timers / Speedsters (Water Slide Race Timers)
With the Safety/Dispatch system, it was a simple matter to add in a race timer for riders. The dispatch system knew when a rider entered the slide and when each rider exited the slide. From these times, a race time could be calculated and displayed at the bottom of the slide. With the Speedster system, sliders could know how fast they were traveling in miles per hour or feet per second. This brought more attention to a lot of the slides because friends could have fun trying to beat each other’s time or even race against themselves.
Grand Prix System (Race Track Safety/Dispatch System)
This system works off essentially the same concept as its water slide counterpart. The point was to provide smaller race tracks with a cost effective dispatch system to reduce problems on the track. On the race track system, we utilized a different type of proximity sensor and changed the stop light display to the more race track traditional starting light system of red, yellow, and green.
Since this is a race track system, the race timer options for water slides are included in the Grand Prix system. Since we know when a kart has started on the track and when it has finished, we can calculate a time for each racer. The output display of the race times can be in an individual run time format or a score board style listing of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on of standings.