Podcast: Weather Monitoring for Rail Traffic

Railway traffic is the backbone of both business and individual transport. Keeping the flow safe and on time is a challenge, especially due to the fact that railways are prone to inclement weather. Strong winds, snowfall, floods, heat, freezing switches, and platforms … rail network operators have a lot to consider to ensure safe train […]

Podcast: RWIS Lite – Increasing Safety with Streamlined Road Weather Information Systems

Keeping roads and highways safe is critically. In addition to autumn’s and winter’s perils, the increase of weather fluctuations and extreme weather events throughout the year pose further challenges to road decision-makers. Ideally, a dense network of road weather monitoring stations reliably provides accurate, hyper-local data. Wherever that is not feasible, be it due to […]

How important are water, snow and ice layers for the friction?

A recent research project of the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) aimed to develop a method for predicting the friction coefficient on the road. To achieve this, the team of the university’s automotive engineering section carried out extensive braking tests. For this, an important technical aid from Lufft mustn’t be left out. What influences […]

Friction & stopping distances: There is a lot behind these MARWIS values

Physics explained easily: What exactly does the new mobile road sensor MARWIS output “Friction” mean? How does this affect the driving behavior of a vehicle? Here, this will be explained by Karl Schedler. Out of the measurement of weather-related parameters on the road or airfield (such as ice percentage, water film height and surface temperature), […]