Context: Keeping birds away from tram depots in Melbourne, Australia
At every depot along the 250 km of tram network it operates, Yarra Trams operated by Keolis Downer deals with the constant issue of birds and their residues, including nesting materials, feathers and droppings. Not only does this present a health and hygiene challenge, but it also increases costs. At one depot, Yarra Trams observed ongoing infrastructure damage caused by roosting birds. This led to increased cleaning and maintenance costs and greater health risks for our employees.
Despite existing deterrent solutions, the problem persisted. This prompted Yarra Trams to begin testing a new technology to help solve the issue: Avix bird deterring lasers, which use focused light beams to scare birds away and prevent them from roosting. Used at airports, power stations and farms, they offer a sustainable and humane approach to keep birds of all types away.