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Published March 13, 2012, 10:27 PM

New technology helps monitor road conditions

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There's new, mobile technology to help monitor road conditions. A company is hoping to convince North Dakota and Minnesota's departments of transportation and local governments to give it a try.

There's new, mobile technology to help monitor road conditions. A company is hoping to convince North Dakota and Minnesota's departments of transportation and local governments to give it a try.

This technology is like a mobile weather center. Sensors measure things like road conditions, whether or not it's slippery outside, dew point, and humidity; all that stuff adds up to make sure drivers stay safe on the roads.

Bert Murillo - Vaisala: "Anything going up and down on the road, patrol vehicle, mount this and get information back."

Vaisala staff says using this mobile laser technology crews will get instant reports as they drive around instead of this technology being stationary. The lasers get information that shows up on an Android smartphone app instantly.

Bert Murillo: "They've already got vehicles on the roadway. How do you take advantage of the vehicles you have out there, the manpower you have out there?"

With black ice often popping up quickly in our area, Vaisala staff says it will help DOT crews make the safest, smartest decisions when it comes to road restrictions. The Vaisala costs around $20,000 each.

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