Best Practices for Road Weather Management Version 2.0
Road Weather Sensing: Defining a National Infrastructure
Surveillance of environmental conditions and other aspects of the transportation network is essential to the decision making and control functions of effective highway operations, as supported by the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). Building a national, integrated, and open surveillance capability is a logical extension of the efforts that led to a national, integrated and open highway system in the United States: The highway infrastructure is the model for an information infrastructure or "infostructure". Observation of environmental conditions on and around the roadways is just one part of that infostructure, but with important relations to the existing meteorological observation system. Even the meteorological observation system in the U.S. suffers from some fragmentation, but the fragmentation is even more serious for transportation surveillance deployed by numerous local jurisdictions and vendors. This paper describes the vision of a national road-weather sensing infostructure in the U.S., and the initial steps towards that vision.
11th Standing International Road WEather Conference (SIRWEC); Mitretek Systems and FHWA
Road Weather Information System (RWIS)
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