JES Elektrotechnik Environmental Monitoring Sensors for Transport Applications

JES Elektrotechnik (JES) is a leading provider of environmental monitoring solutions for transport infrastructure applications.

Designed for a safe and reliable operation, our sensors are made from durable materials to achieve the highest return on investment for road operators.

Our product range includes tunnel sensors for monitoring air flow, air quality and lighting conditions; road weather stations, and gas warning systems for underground car parks.

Environmental monitoring sensors for road tunnels

Environmental conditions in tunnels are influenced by particles, emissions and fog, and need to be monitored to protect people from personal danger.

Accidents in tunnels, particularly fires, can have dramatic consequences and result in congestion, pollution and repair costs. People in the tunnel consistently need to be supplied with breathable air and sufficient visibility.

Over the last 30 years, tunnel sensors from JES have proven to be reliable and precise in more than 400 tunnels worldwide.

Early fire detection by visibility or smoke monitoring

Fire incidents in road tunnels happen more often than expected. Most incidents occur due to smouldering fires caused by technical problems such as over-heated engines, faulty turbochargers, locked brakes and defective tyres. In all these cases, visibility is quickly and drastically reduced.

Linear fire alarm cables usually installed in the tunnel cannot detect such incidents as they are triggered by increased temperatures, while video detection systems generate too many false alarms activated by light reflections from windscreens, change of contrast, etc.

Smoke detectors and visibility monitors are usually the first tunnel sensors that reliably detect a fire. The sooner a fire is detected, the earlier the emergency scenario can be initiated to give people more time to escape the danger zone.

JES tunnel sensors are designed for monitoring visibility, smoke and toxic gases such as carbon monoxide (CO) and nitric oxide (NO).

Cross-section air flow monitoring systems

Our ultrasonic t/FL-US monitoring system measures the airflow over the whole cross-section of a tunnel by evaluating the difference in the transition times of an ultrasonic pulse sent in one direction or the other.

This cross-section measurement delivers the air speed and direction more accurately than methods that only measure one or two points on the tunnel wall.

In a research project by the Swiss Federal Roads Administration, the t/FL-US was proven to be the most accurate and reliable measuring system in the test.

Scattered light visibility sensors

For the last 30 years, JES has promoted the installation of scattered light visibility sensors instead of the transmission-based sensors still used in many countries.

Scattered light photometers in a tunnel environment have many advantages such as:

  • One device versus a transceiver and a reflector that have to be precisely aligned
  • Effective compensation of contamination and ageing
  • Easy compensation of fog by pre-heating of sample air (where indicated)
  • A linear relation between instrument reading and visibility measure

Energy-saving road tunnel lighting

The tunnel lighting must be controlled so users can safely approach, pass through and exit the tunnel without changing the direction or speed.

The measured value of a luminance meter in front of a tunnel is used in many countries to determine the nominal lighting level for the tunnel entrance. However, as the actual value is not measured, several correction factors for maintenance, soiling, deterioration, etc. generally lead to situations where the actual lighting level is higher than required. Luminance meters installed inside the tunnel – in the threshold zone and interior zones – can contribute to saving energy.

The actual lighting level in modern light-emitting diode (LED) installations can be reduced to match the nominal value, leading to decreased energy consumption and longer life of the luminaires.

Sensor lifecycle support

Our experienced engineers tailor solutions for our customers’ applications and support them over the entire lifecycle.

This includes consulting, engineering, installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair and retrofit services.

Road weather stations

Weather influences road, air and rail traffic. For operators and users of the respective infrastructure, it is necessary to be aware of the prevailing weather conditions. Drivers may need to adapt to the conditions, and operators have to take measures to maintain traffic safety.

It is essential that sensors reliably and accurately determine the visibility and condition of the road or runway. Based on this information, operators can efficiently control roads or runways during adverse conditions, and drivers can be warned about slippery roads or reduce the speed limit.

JES delivers a scalable open weather station that connects sensors from various manufacturers, so road operators can choose the best sensor for the measurement.

About JES

Established in 1990, JES has vast experience in monitoring air and lighting conditions in multiple tunnels and underpasses.

Being a member of the DURAG GROUP, we offer a global sales and service network.

JES is headquartered in Austria.

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Press Release

JES Sensors Deployed in New Tunnels in Germany

The Auberg Tunnel, which is set to open for traffic soon, will be one of a couple of new tunnels in Bavaria that will be equipped with sensors from JES.

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Luminance and Illuminance

The aim of all tunnel lighting is to ensure that drivers approach, pass through and exit the tunnel without any change of speed or direction.

JES Elektrotechnik GmbH

Wiestal Landesstraße 37

5400 Hallein


+43 6245 81785

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Press Release

21 October 2020

The Auberg Tunnel, which is set to open for traffic soon, will be one of a couple of new tunnels in Bavaria that will be equipped with sensors from JES.

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17 May 2019

The Marieholm Tunnel is an immersed tube tunnel crossing underneath the Göta Älv in Gothenburg (Sweden).

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25 February 2019

On 31 January 2019, the first graduates passed the final exam of the innovation course 'TUSI – Tunnel Safety in Construction and Operation'.

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21 November 2018

STRABAG Infrastructure & Safety Solutions was awarded a golden camera last Friday. The 3000th JES t/LUM-A tunnel luminance meter was handed over during a little party at the Gräberntunnel construction site.

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20 August 2018

The current rehabilitation of the 2.2km-long Kaisermühlentunnel on the A22 Donauufer Autobahn in Vienna is a quite tricky task.

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4 July 2018

JES Elektrotechnik and DURAG Holding will work even more closely together in the future: as of January 2018, DURAG holds a 50% stake in the company.

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JES Elektrotechnik GmbH

Wiestal Landesstraße 37

5400 Hallein


+43 6245 81785