Engineer Karl E. Schedler founded MICKS in 1989. The company’s name is short for “micro-computer” plus the founder’s initials “KS.” As an expert in road weather information systems, the company first specialized in electronic management of processes for the industrial sector and ice warning systems for the road maintenance service.
In 1994, the Hessen state roads department hired MICKS to develop, install and configure ice warning systems and SWIS-subcenters with self-teaching forecasting in the Rüsselsheim traffic control center. As one of the first systems of its kind, the project was highly successful and eventually the system was installed by MICKS in many other parts of Germany. This was followed by a large international project with 200 ice warning systems and SWIS-subcenters for 80 municipal works centers in Hungary, Switzerland and Germany. More than 1,850 units were eventually installed for this project. The state of Bavaria hired MICKS to build its statewide traffic information agency (VIB). This provides current, multi-modal information to allow travelers to optimize their travel planning and itineraries.
The company moved more and more from pure development activities into active participation in projects, consequently expanding its core competencies. Today MICKS specializes in meteorological applications in the transport sector. They use the expertise gained through their many years of experience in development and implementation to provide consulting services for transport projects. They focus on winter services, airport conditions and traffic control and information. In addition, MICKS is involved in several research and development projects sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, BMWI and the European Commission.
ROAD AND PAVEMENT SENSORS
Many years of experience in worldwide climate conditions around are critical to helping clients select the right precision measuring systems. The experts at MICKS rely on the road sensor technology from its German partner, Lufft. These include active and passive road sensors IRS31Pro and ARS31Pro and the non-contact road sensor NIRS31-UMB. Depending on the project and location, MICKS also uses battery-powered road sensors from the United States as well as high-resolution low-temperature sensors from French manufacturers.
COLLECTING METEOROLOGICAL ENVIRONMENTAL DATA
To collect meteorological environmental data, the experts at MICKS place great emphasis on precision, accuracy and durability. They set up traffic control systems using sensors by Lufft, their German partner specializing in manufacturing measurement and control systems. Lufft’s all-in-one weather stations offer precise recording and analysis of environmental data. They also use RVR sensors, cloud altimeters, weather sensors, aviation weather solutions or weather systems for airports, lightning detectors and particulate sensors from well-established, certified suppliers from around the world.
OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL DATA COLLECTION
Their experts use SmartSensors from Wavetronix to identify areas with particularly high traffic density. Current traffic conditions and road information can be accessed and controlled in real time. This US-based company specializes in manufacturing traffic sensors.
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