Senet, Inc., a provider of cloud-based software and services platforms that enable global connectivity and on-demand network build-outs for the Internet of Things (IoT), is partnering with Frost Control Systems, a U.S. based manufacturer and service provider of non-invasive, non-contact, Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS).
Through this partnership, Frost Control Systems has integrated Senet LoRaWAN™ network connectivity with its turnkey RWIS service to deliver remote monitoring of atmospheric and surface temperature for winter road condition monitoring.
With more than 1.2 million winter weather-related vehicle crashes, over US$3 billion (€2 billion) spent on de-icing materials, and 48 billion pounds of salt spread on roadways each year in the U.S. alone, automating the collection of critical road weather data for real-time decision making can have an immediate and measurable impact on roadway safety, the cost of deploying municipal resources, and the environment.
“Supporting LoRaWAN and partnering with Senet for network connectivity is a strategic commitment that provides public works departments with the opportunity to improve operations and save costs by modernising their roadway monitoring and management systems,” says Brad Tener, CEO at Frost Control Systems. “Senet’s carrier-grade network service and software supports the mission critical nature of road weather information systems. It provides cities and counties with a reliable, long-term connectivity solution for other infrastructure modernisation projects.”
Compared to legacy systems that offer limited geographical coverage and are costly to deploy and maintain, Frost Control Systems’ RWIS is an all-inclusive application service, including hardware, software, installation, maintenance, and network design. Carrier-grade LoRaWAN network services from Senet ensure broad coverage optimised for low-power, long-range environmental monitoring sensors.
These sensors provide road temperature, air temperature, humidity, dew point, and other roadway data to weather response applications. With timely, accurate, and actionable hyper-local information, public works professionals are able to improve roadway safety by ensuring proper treatment of high-risk areas such as key intersections, along bridges, roadways leading to schools and hospitals, and in areas with unique climate conditions.
In addition to safety improvements, even small municipal customers have reported cost savings of $10,000 (€8447) to $15,000 (€12671) per winter weather incident, realised through operational efficiencies, reduced material costs, and reduced overtime.
“We are excited to be partnering with Frost Control Systems to help municipalities improve their operations and save costs using low-cost wireless sensors, advanced network technologies, and highly differentiated service delivery models,” comments Bruce Chatterley, CEO at Senet. “The solution offered by Frost Control Systems is another proof point of how municipalities can better serve their citizens, address inefficiencies, and protect the environment with LoRaWAN enabled IoT solutions.”