Snow and icy roads pose challenges for cities and municipalities every winter: because they are obliged to make roads and sidewalks accessible to everyone as soon as possible. Icy and snow-covered roads increase the risk of accidents, lead to traffic jams and cause interrupted supply chains. Effective clearing of snow and ice is therefore essential for traffic and supply safety in the respective region. Coordinating winter services is a complex undertaking: Which roads are affected? Where should they be cleared first? And how long will the supply of road salt last?
Riding a bike in winter? No problem if roads are well cleared! ©iStock
Conventional weather forecasts offer orientation, but are only really reliable a few days in advance and do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the situation in individual streets, for example. Better coordination of winter services is made possible by the use of smart technologies, the combination of which forms the basis for more resource-efficient operations.
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