Baron Releases Solution for Departments of Transportation
Enables live, statewide, real-time monitoring of roadway weather conditions
Huntsville, AL – Baron, the worldwide provider of critical weather intelligence, has released a solution that will enable U.S. states’ Departments of Transportation (DOT) with a single comprehensive and cohesive source for current weather conditions and forecast information for all staff. Baron Road Weather and pavement conditions forecasts will be especially helpful to Maintenance and Operations departments, as will Baron Threat Net. Baron recently agreed to a partnership with its first US state DOT. This DOT’s Maintenance and Operations department elected to purchase and integrate Baron Threat Net (for 275 seats), the Baron Threat Net Mobile App, and Baron custom forecasts for 41 district offices across 5 regions of the state. Baron also integrated this DOT’s entire Road Weather Sensor network data into a single display (RWIS) as part of the deal.
A state DOT’s Maintenance and Operations department is typically responsible for the daily upkeep of a state’s roadway networks, including roads, bridges and other elements. Daily, these departments provide services for the upkeep of signs, road striping, pavement conditions, keeping road sides neat and clean and herbicide spraying. Weather plays a large role in what Maintenance and Operations department does and how they schedule standard road maintenance across the state.
Other Baron features that were key to the partnership include Baron’s ability to host and integrate the DOT’s RWIS data into a single display and the capabilities of Baron’s forecasting tools to effectively monitor and plan for winter weather, tropical storms and flash flooding. Flooding in this state in 2015 alone cost over 30 million dollars of damage, and something as simple as resurfacing roads due to harsh winter weather can cost millions. The abilities of the Baron products purchased by this DOT could in the future save the state large sums of money and help to keep more people safe in times of extreme weather.