When we drove on the road, the weather was gloomy, light rain, and the ground was slippery. We knew nothing about the road ahead. But with the advent of the era of big data traffic, all this will be the past.
The combined knowledge of video surveillance, traffic flow monitoring, vehicle personnel positioning information, and road weather station information, will form a “smart transportation network.”
Today, we will systematically introduce road weather stations to everyone so that you can have a correct understanding of traffic meteorology, and can easily choose and purchase the proper road weather stations.
Safety of transportation are closely related to weather. With the rapid development of transportation, traffic safety accidents are frequent, and the problem of traffic safety protection is becoming more and more prominent, which brings huge losses to people’s lives and property. Meteorological influence is one of the main causes of traffic accidents.
According to statistics from the traffic department, nearly 30% of traffic accidents occur under bad weather conditions, such as low visibility, heavy fog, ice, water, snow, high temperature, strong wind, dust storm, drought, frost, etc. Heavy rainstorms Secondary geological disasters such as floods, mudslides, and landslides are major catastrophic weather that affects traffic safety.
What Road Weather Station Can Measure
Road Weather Station
Traditional Meteorological Elements
Influence of strong convective weather, such as wind, hail and so on
Strong wind, hail and other strong convective weather can also have a greater impact on traffic, the wind can cause serious damage to buildings, traffic facilities, and so on. When the motor vehicle is overturned by the wind, the ability of the car to drive in the wind and the ability to catch the tires is obviously weakened. According to the theory of wind pressure, the square of the wind speed is proportional to the wind area. When the body wide side is subjected to wind, the force is the largest. The wind speed is above 12m/s, the steering wheel is easy to malfunction and should slow down slowly; the critical wind speed of the highway accident is often 15m/s, the corresponding gust can reach 22m/s. If it is accompanied by rain, the car is more difficult to control.
The wind can cause harm to the railway, bridge, communication and electric power facilities, blow down the road tree, block the traffic, wind up the roadbed, and blow the sand to reduce the visibility. The wind can also directly harm the train so that the speed of the train is slowed down and the train is even overturned. The influence of wind on the water traffic is especially obvious, especially in the open area of water. The ship is not too late to enter the shelter area and often causes the ships to be blown by the wind and so on. Hail can also cause damage to motor vehicles and road traffic facilities, but often hail has a smaller range, short impact time and less influence on traffic than other weather phenomena. Thunderstorms also threaten the safety of transportation facilities, bridges and so on.
The effects of low temperature and snow
The phenomenon of frost and snow caused by low temperature directly affects the friction coefficient of pavement. Road icing and snow will greatly reduce the friction coefficient of the road, and the safe braking distance of the vehicle will also increase correspondingly. Due to the rapid cooling of the bridge or the draught section, the road is easy to freeze. It is easy to cause traffic accidents when the motor vehicle passes through these roads on the normal road. Snow, avalanche, snow and other snow damage to railway traffic is also very important, mainly in snow buried track, slippery road, visibility reduced, driving speed, train late, and even cause subversion of the train, when the snow is more than 70cm, it will cause snow resistance, traffic interruption. Besides, the frozen soil caused by low temperature may cause deformation of railway roadbed. Low temperature caused by frozen rivers also directly affect water transport.
Measuring range 0~360°
Accuracy ± 3°
Ultrasonic anemometer, maintenance free
Measuring range 0~60 m/s
Accuracy ：± 0,3m/s or ±3%
Ultrasonic anemometer, maintenance free
Measuring range -50～85°C
Measuring range 0～100%
Measuring range 300～1200 hpa
Accuracy ±0.3 hpa
Optical scattering theory
Accuracy using the highest value: 0.001mm
Optical principle, maintenance free
Road Weather Station
Influence Of Road Visibility
Low Road visibility is the main meteorological disaster that affects traffic. Road visibility has a direct impact on traffic safety, especially on highway traffic safety. The low road visibility weather often causes the congestion and sealing of the highway, which leads to the interruption of traffic and transportation. Due to the influence of the dense fog, there are even dozens of heavy traffic accidents that collide with hundreds of cars on the expressway, causing huge economic losses and casualties, causing great loss to the people’s life, property, local economy and the economic benefits of the highway itself. Due to the networking of highways, the closure of some highways often leads to traffic jams and even traffic failures on other roads or small towns. In addition, serious traffic accidents caused by low road visibility are more shocking. According to statistics, traffic accidents caused by the influence of heavy fog on the expressway account for about 1/4 of the total number of accidents, and the accident rate of freeway in fog is 10 times as high as usual.
Therefore, the “thick fog” is the “killer” of the expressway. Because of the impact of low visibility on highway safety and direct economic benefits, the consequential loss of economic benefits and bad social impact will be more serious. Fog, precipitation (rain and snow, etc.), air humidity, air dust and smoke are the key factors affecting visibility. Dense fog reduces horizontal visibility, the general visibility is less than 1km, or even less than 200m. For trains, trains will have 800m gliding distances from braking to stop, so it is very easy to have accidents in the fog without slowing down; low road visibility has a great impact on water transportation. When visibility is less than 1500m, ships will be affected and many ports are forced to do so.
Here is a road sensor: visibility sensor to monitor road visibility.
At low temperature and rainy weather, the ground is slippery and easy to freeze, which will cause a huge safety hazard to traffic, and a non-contact surface condition road sensor can be used to monitor the road information in real time.
Here is a road sensor: non-invasive sensor to monitor road status.
Maximum Power Consumption
-40 ºC — +70 ºC
0 – 100%
Road State Output
Lens Pollution Detection
Optical lens pollution level measurement and internal automatic pollution compensation
Concrete pavement and asphalt pavement
1.5 x 1000000Hour
No safety issues – infrared remote sensing measurement technology
Road Weather Station
AC power supply system, this way can effectively guarantee the quality of power supply and charging, and it can provide output for some sensor equipments that need AC power supply.
The DC power supply based on solar power supply is mainly designed for the inconvenient areas, such as unmanned areas, cities, pastures, and isolated islands, which provide communication. The advantage of the solar power supply is that it can greatly reduce the damage caused by the induced current caused by lightning to the acquisition system and the sensor, and can reduce the incident caused by the inadvertent personnel, mainly through solar energy through the special solar charger to control the battery charging.
Note: in rainy areas, solar and battery capacity should be increased, and colloid batteries should be used in high and cold areas.
Road Weather Station
The main consideration is to use the cable Lan network or optical fiber to carry out data transmission. If the site does not have the wiring environment, GPRS or CDMA wireless communication can be used, without the need for the construction of hardware facilities, but the problem of effective coverage of the GPRS or CDMA communication signals should be considered.
An intelligent communication server is used in the traffic weather information monitoring station. It can realize the GPRS, SMS and GSM intelligent complementary communication. It can achieve high reliable data transmission and two-way communication. At the same time, it realizes the monitoring and maintenance of the remote sub station. Through the combination of GPRS, SMS and GSM, we can achieve two-way reliable communication between the central station and the observation stations of the provincial surface meteorological monitoring network.
The intelligent communication server is a wireless communication transmission based on INTERNET, which realizes real-time data, timing data, system information, test signal and so on. It can be monitored and maintained through the weather information monitoring center station. The wireless communication unit adopts the world’s advanced industrial GSM module, built in TCP/IP protocol, supports GPRS, GSM, SMS and so on. It has the characteristics of high integration, strong function, low power consumption and strong anti-interference ability.
Road Weather Station System
The highway weather disaster prediction and early warning center is a software processing system. It mainly includes the functions of meteorological data collection, data processing and storage, weather information browsing, early warning information release control, substation state monitoring and remote maintenance. It can extend the application monitoring function of other ground detection system, the data application analysis module developed by users, and can access the existing command and control system of the expressway, and put forward the highway management department. For first-hand weather information data.
In order to provide better traffic weather services and give full play to the resources advantage of this system, the system design fully considers the local climate characteristics and the meteorological requirements, and takes full consideration of the future development. The software architecture method combined C/S and B/S, based on the GIS geographic information system, is used to build a complete set of comprehensive Expressway meteorological monitoring and early warning system, to meet the road. Road meteorological information collection, distribution, and early warning needs.
Deployment Of Road Weather Stations
A region dominated by fog
The layout of expressway traffic and weather monitoring network in these areas is mainly caused by low visibility fog. The basic layout principle is:
First, for a plain or hilly area, when considering fog disaster, the density of meteorological observation stations can be divided into three categories.
The distance between observation stations is 20 to 50Km in dense fog area.
The distance between observation stations in seasonal heavy fog area is 10 ~ 15Km.
The distance between observation stations in mountainous area and water network area is 3 to 5Km.
Second, for areas with complex terrain such as high mountain terrain, the density setting of the observation station should mainly consider the key points and the regional range that one observation point may represent.
The setting density of the traffic meteorological observation station should be treated with similar methods when considering other meteorological elements. In particular, the “local” characteristics of some meteorological disasters should be more obvious, and the setting density of the observation stations should be strengthened.
In the case of limited funds and conditions, priority should be placed in the high-risk sections such as fog. All monitoring stations should include visibility factor.
Gale and sandstorm affected areas
In high altitude, plateau and other desert areas, the layout of the observation network along the highway should take sand dust storm and wind as the main consideration. The basic layout principles are as follows:
The distance between monitoring stations is 20 ~ 30km in Sandstorm and windy areas.
The distance between monitoring stations is 30 ~ 100km in sandstorms and windy areas.
Easily caused by topography frequent sandstorms or local highway across regions, should be laid in the wind observation station encryption.
In the case of limited funds and conditions, priority should be placed in such areas as sandstorms and other severe weather. All monitoring stations should include visibility factors.
A region dominated by snowfall
Including: the layout of the meteorological observation network along the expressway is mainly based on the area, snow and freezing. The basic layout principles are as follows:
In winter, the temperature of winter is lower than 0 centigrade and snowfall. The monitoring station is designed to monitor the ground area snow, ground freezing and friction coefficient, and the distance is 30 ~ 50km.
There is not much snow, but in winter, the main factor of monitoring is the road friction coefficient. The spacing between stations can be set to 50 to 80km.
The area where ice skid is easy to cause skidding can increase the number of equipment appropriately.
In the case of limited funds and conditions, priority should be placed in the frequent snowfall.
All monitoring stations should include ground condition elements, with emphasis on monitoring land surface temperature, precipitation property, area snow depth, friction coefficient and so on.
Other special areas
For areas such as mountain, valley, hilly and other special terrain as well as a variety of disaster weather, the main influencing factors are analyzed according to different terrain and climate background, and the automatic station with high influence factors is set up after determining the main monitoring indexes. The layout of the density is based on the scale and scope of the influence of the disaster weather.
Some sites should include pavement condition monitoring, which are mainly installed on large bridges and overpasses through the expressway, and should also be installed in the key areas where the expressway is prone to high temperature and ice.
Pavement condition monitoring can choose sensors installed on monitoring road surface temperature or combination elements according to the local road surface temperature and ice occurrence.
The site layout of the road condition monitoring site is equipped with the density of the distance 30-50km, and the monitoring equipment should be added to the section of the large bridge, the elevated interchange and the local ice phenomenon.
A Road Weather Information System (RWIS) comprises automatic weather stations (technically referred to as Environmental Sensor Stations (ESS)) in the field, a communication system for data transfer, and central systems to collect field data from numerous ESS. These stations measure real-time atmospheric parameters, pavement conditions, water level conditions, and visibility. Central RWIS hardware and software are used to process observations from ESS to develop nowcasts or forecasts, and display or disseminate road weather information in a format that can be easily interpreted by a manager. RWIS data are used by road operators and maintainers to support decision making. Real-time RWIS data is also used by Automated Warning Systems(AWS). The spatial and temporal resolution can be that of a mesonet. The data is often considered proprietary although it is often ingested into numerical weather predictionmodels.
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Weather has broad and significant effects on the roadway environment. Snow, rain, fog, ice, freezing rain, and other weather conditions can impair the ability of drivers to operate their vehicles safely, significantly reduce roadway capacity, and dramatically increase travel times. Multiple roadway activities, from roadway maintenance and construction to shipping, transit, and police operations, are directly affected by inclement weather.