Mantis Introduces Control System for Autonomous Chairlifts to Canada

Zurich – Mantis Ropeway Technologies is bringing its autonomous control system for chairlifts to Canada together with Doppelmayr-Garaventa. The solution is a world first and only received approval in Switzerland and Austria this winter.

The Zurich-based start-up Mantis Ropeway Technologies has developed software for the autonomous control of chairlifts. It is capable of analyzing, evaluating, and deriving automatic actions from image and video data in real time. Together with the Austrian ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr-Garaventa, Mantis is now also bringing the solution to Canada. According to a press release on, initial tests are to be carried out there.

"We have currently set up our solution as a semi-autonomous system for use in the North American market," says Christian Limburg, Head of Business Development at Mantis. In this design, the mountain station is not yet operated completely autonomously. The system alerts staff to potential hazards by means of an audible signal.

Mantis has only recently obtained operational approval for its unmanned chairlift control system in Austria and Switzerland this winter. Together with Doppelmayr-Garaventa, the young company has already acquired its first customers in these markets, according to In recent years, the partners have also tested their solution as part of pilot projects at facilities in Wildhaus SG and in the Silvretta-Montafon ski resort in Austria. According to a press release from Mantis, the software for chairlifts is a world first. ce/ssp

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