Why do gondolas beep?

Have you ever noticed that gondolas sometimes beep when they enter the station? This signal tone simplifies the communication between the cable car operators and always has a specific reason. We will tell you about it in our blog post.

Cable cars as means of public transport

Cable cars are not only considered the safest means of transport in the world, in Austria they also count as means of public transport and are subject to a specific cable car law. The safety standards are strictly regulated. One component is the so-called marking of gondolas, which is now standard. Add-ons such as WLAN or seat heating, on the other hand, are not a must, but a special comfort for guests.

Team portrait Stefan Gietl

“Why does it beep once in a while? Because our guests’ comfort and safety are our top priority.” -  Stefan Gietl, operations manager at the Stubai Glacier

Each gondola has its own identity

In the past, cabins were analogously identified by assigned numbering. Modern cable car systems record each gondola additionally by computer. On a monitor it is possible to see which “number” is where at any given moment.  These are permanently assigned to the individual transport units, which in modern installation systems even have their own IP address. With the appropriate software, it is even possible to mark them at a later date.

“Tracking our gondolas is now child’s play.”

- Stefan Gietl, operations manager of the Stubai Glacier

 

Why are gondolas marked?

Cable cars do not only transport passengers, but also tools, food and other goods. Waste on the other hand is transported from the mountain into the valley. The transported goods have to be uploaded accordingly. Often there are also frail people, families with small children or even injured persons on board. Then too, it is important to slow down the speed on entry and provide assistance on exit or to enable the fastest possible onward transport to the hospital.

But how does the staff know, who or what will arrive in the station with the next gondola?

The marking serves advanced communication between the mountain and the valley

Some clever cable car operators have come up with the following inventive solution: Each gondola is registered in the station. Before the cabin is coupled onto the rope, the computer knows: there is a gondola. If the employee now presses a certain button, he or she can programme the gondola so that it triggers a signal tone the next time it enters the station. At the same time, the person makes a phone call to the following station to tell them which number was marked and why.

It worked like this even before the digital age. But it is precisely the combination of the latest technical possibilities and targeted human consultation that makes the cable car such a safe and comfortable means of transport. So listen carefully the next time you hear a beep on the mountain!

3S lift on the Stubai Glacier
Gamsgarten gondola

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