The Royal Meteorological Institute of belgium (RMI), a computer system is purchased, which with 70 points spread out over the whole of Flanders, for better gritting the Roads and Traffic Agency (AWV) work, you can use. The new voorspellingstool should result in a better strooiacties, and the snow – and ice-free roads.

The co-operation between the AWV and the RMI and is new. Minister of transport and Public Works, Lydia Smith, which is in the project, but in Beringen-it expects a lot out of what they are in a unique collaboration between two government agencies is said. “315 gritting, 569 people and a contract for up to 108.000 tons of road salt to take a stand for the Flemish region and the motorways free of snow and ice, to make. Hopefully, this new initiative will ensure that the winter service will go smoothly.”

Better than the Defense

Veva Daniels, president of the AWV, “Before, we had our weerinfo of the Meteowing of Defense (dod). Three times a day, did that for a prediction. Under the new system, we are getting more and more accurate information about the state of our roads, and at all times of the day.” The royal meteorological institute, and bought for this purpose, a new computer system for the Dutch meteorological office KNMI. That is the so-called wegenweermodel will in the future be applied on the Flemish roads. The model is linked with 70 points. These are small stations along the way, various parameters are noted and will pass it on. Those points are also equipped with a camera that is on the road, it is an indication of the temperature of its surface. Thanks to the continuous monitoring of the high-speed communication between the RMI and the strooidiensten, we can be in danger, send a text message to the person responsible for the sub-regions. In addition, there is a human element in those cases where the side-board, in order to decide whether to drive. To this end, including through the use of the computer for a check-up to be done by the people of the AWV.”

Are available in software packages to provide more, and better, locally-specific data so that, for example, a decision can be made in the North of Limburg, the salt to sprinkle it, but it is not in the province of Limburg. In the province of Limburg alone, there are 15 data points.
bike Paths

In recent winters, it was because cyclists are often in the situation of the Flemish, cycling paths, but also allows AWV improvements in the long term. Daniel: “with The adjacent cycle tracks, which are adjacent to the roads are, and our trucks are covered. On the exposed trails we fietspadstrooiers in. That will be slower, however, due to the lokalere information, we can now be faster and more accurate to focus on.”

David Dehenauw, the head of the Academic Service-Weather forecast of the royal meteorological institute, notes that the royal meteorological institute, with the intention to have the mobility in the whole of the land to ensure the safety and security on the road is to be optimized. “Well, Wallonia is very interested in the new model, and we hope that in the near future as well, to the south of the region. For many years, there is also a partnership between the national railway, SNCB and Infrabel, on the one hand, and the RMI, on the other hand. The railways will be able to contact us at anytime in order to detect it in the winter to keep them free of snow and ice.”