Sensors help Track Real-time Road Conditions
A new system of cameras and sensors will let Longmont, Colo. officials track real-time road conditions in the city. The system mounts sensors in the pavement and a camera on a nearby utility pole, checking factors such as the air temperature, the dewpoint temperature, the pavement temperature and a “grip indicator” — how hard it’s going to be for tires to get a purchase on the road. Radio signals send the information to the public works department.
Just four sites are involved in the trial run, but at $25,000 a crack, you have to pick your spots. And in the right spots, the sensors can give a good idea of conditions in each quarter of Longmont, said Jeff Travers, the city’s utility and streets operations manager.
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