ROAD CONDITION AND WEATHER INFORMATION SYSTEMS, Federal states of Hesse and Thuringia, Germany

, 2010 / 2008


Keeping the roads free of snow and ice and thus ensuring the safety of the road users is a great challenge for the winter services. By means of road condition and weather information systems, the assignment of the winter service can be coordinated in a target-oriented and proactive way, so that the necessary measures can be initiated at the right time and at the right place.


Measurement stations collect a variety of measurement values such as road surface temperature, residual salt, precipitation.

The collected data is automatically forwarded to the German National Meteorological Service (Deutscher Wetterdienst).This data is then edited and combined with general weather data. Thus, several times a day reliable road weather forecasts are generated.

At the computer centre, the measurement values, data and weather information are then merged. The resulting temporally and locally differentiated information on weather and road conditions are evaluated and visualised in a graphical user interface. They are basis for an optimised winter road service adapted to the current weather situation.

Project Contents

  • Results are clearly arranged and displayed in a map
  • Import of weather reports and weather radar from the National Meteorological Service
  • Export of weather data to the National Meteorological Service


  • 76 Measurement stations
  • 80 User stations
  • 1170 Sensors


  • 36 Measurement stations
  • 458 Sensors


Reliable forecasts for a target-oriented and efficient winter road service:

  • Optimised basis for decision-making
  • Winter service when, where and how it is necessary
  • Reduced reaction times
  • Drastic reduction of accidents
  • Optical visualisation