If you’ve ever lived in a place where seasons change, then you know how beautiful winter can be. At the same time, you may also know that it can definitely change the landscape of driving. Getting in your car to go to work turns from a routine activity to something you have to focus closely on, as you traverse through rain, snow, and/or black ice.
That’s where Mowic comes in. Mowic is the market leader in GPS systems for road maintenance. Recently, the company acquired FYM, which develops low-power battery operated sensors and wireless communication networks for telematics, roadside sensors and road maintenance.
Mowic saw an opportunity to reduce the operating costs of spreading salt on roads. Not knowing what terrain you’ll face affects traffic patterns, wears down brake systems, and most importantly is very dangerous. In addition to added time and danger on the roads, it’s no small cost to municipalities to run trucks for salt distribution.
That’s why Mowic developed TrackIce, a unique ice warning system designed to save lives and money. The system is comprised of a mother unit and several road sensors connected wirelessly with Digi XBee RF modules. The wireless mother unit contains meteorological sensors which measure air temperature and humidity. The system measures temp and conductivity at the ground level and determines if salt is necessary to meld snow and ice.
Weather forecast companies such as Meteogroup receives data from Trackice and deliver specific weather forecasts for the municipalities. Today, municipalities are using TrackIce and just two days of unnecessarily spreading salt pays one full year of service.
TrackIce was recently introduced in Sweden, and it’s helping companies be more strategic in regards to maintenance and preventative measures. By using historic data from the sensors, the system can help create skid forecasts which predict danger ahead, such as black ice. Risk areas can be identified in advance, allowing, for example, insurance companies to focus efforts on accident prevention, instead of accident triage.
With Digi XBee technology, TrackIce helps companies understand and resolve problems cost-effectively, saving time, money, and most importantly lives.