Vaisala mobile tour reaches Washington
Antony Coventry from Vaisala arrives with the team after an 18,350 mile trip across America
Team Vaisala has arrived at National Harbor with its Ford F150 XLT pick-up truck at the end of an 18,350 mile trip across America demonstrating the company’s mobile monitoring technology. For the past three months Vaisala has taken the truck on a road trip from Colorado to Washington, DC, via California, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan and at least another 20 US states on its way to arriving at National Harbor this week.
En route, six Vaisala regional sales managers have driven the F150 gathering pavement weather condition data from roads at traffic speed; the truck being fitted with the company’s Condition Patrol weather monitoring system. This uses lasers working at different frequencies to measure levels of grip, wetness and temperature to allow agencies to gather data on road conditions across long distances in realtime.
The Condition Patrol sensors and on board computer are linked via wireless communication to a dashboard-mounted smartphone which transfers data via GSM to a cloud data hosting service. “Ultimately, agencies can get live data on road conditions for making decisions on treatment or relaying information back to drivers,” says Vaisala Application Manager Tony Coventry.