IoT Sensors Used for Winter Gritting

IoT Sensors Used for Winter Gritting

Home / News | posted on 26 01 2017

A pilot project has been rolled out in Hampshire (UK) to use IoT sensors to provide localised data for winter gritting routes.

Amey Highways Maintenance Services, on behalf of Hampshire County Council, has launched the initiative with Mayflower Smart Control (who provide a street lighting control system in the county), and Wintersense (University of Birmingham), who provide an 'Internet of Things' approach to sensing road surface temperatures. Professor Lee Chapman from the University of Birmingham said "The potential of this for the winter road maintenance sector is transformative and will seriously challenge the traditional methods of measuring, forecasting and decision making that have broadly remained untouched for decade". The Wintersense devices have lithium battery technology and are low-cost, self-contained devices that use infrared to read the road surface temperature and then a mix of communication technologies, including wide area networks and WiFi, to connect to the lighting network and report data in real-time via a cloud system.

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