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Maokong Gondola

System Safety

Lightning Pre-warning Equipment

The Maokong Gondola has an “integrated lightning and thunder detection system” that will send out warnings before thunderstorm approaches, and can observe the travel direction and scope of thunderstorm accurately. This is helpful for the timing of suspension and resumption of operation. In case lightning strikes an area on the operation route, the system will stop operation immediately. If there is no lightning within 30 minutes, the system will resume operation.

Lightning Pre-warning Equipment

Lightning Rods

All stations and towers of the Maokong Gondola are equipped with proper lightning arrest equipment. Whenever lightning strikes, the lightning arrest equipment will conduct the current into the earth.

A lightning rod on station's roof
A lightning rod on tower

Emergency Stop Button

Installed at the passenger platform and maintenance platform. In case of an emergency, personnel will immediately press this button to halt the system.

The Emergency Stop Button (at stations)
The Emergency Stop Button (on maintenance platforms)

Grip Force Sensors

The grip force sensors are installed at station maintenance platforms. The gondola system is driven by a motor which drives the cables to circulate. The gondola cabins do not have driving force by themselves. On top of each cabin's arm, there is a gripper gripping tightly to the cable and makes the cabin to travel with the cable to stations. When a cabin enters a station, the cabin's gripper will be disengaged from the cable and pass through the grip force sensor to detect its grip force in order to make sure that it is functioning normally and can grip tightly and safely to the cable when the cabin exits the station.

The Gripper
The grip force sensor

Cable Detector

Cable detectors are installed on the maintenance platform and the tower. In case the cable is dislocated, the detecting system will be triggered and transmit signals through the safety line to the control center to stop the gondola system.

The Cable Detector
The Cable Detector (on tower)
The Safety Line (on tower)