The preliminary recommendations give you advice on the needed maintenance actions based on the prevalent weather forecast. Preliminary recommendations are given up to one day in advance to give road managers extra time to prepare for the coming maintenance actions. The notification text includes the starting and ending times of the hazardous road conditions with the recommendation of the adequate maintenance action. The recommended amount of chemicals is also given, if necessary.
This information is the baseline for a road manager's further actions, giving discipline to work in a standardised way. The standardised working method brings the road manager's quality of performance closer to each other, regardless of the experience they have in meteorology. With the help of the notifications, the road manager on duty always has backup information of the coming changes in road conditions, reducing the risk of human error.
There are no forecasts you, as a responsible road manager, could blindly rely on for too many hours in advance. Therefore, Foreca provides you with comprehensive weather monitoring tools that make your day more comfortable.
After getting notified by the preliminary recommendation, you can start monitoring how the forecast and observations come along as the zero hour comes closer. Sometimes, the road conditions might change a couple of hours earlier or later than was predicted the day before. That is why you can't rely only on the automatic recommendations, but need to follow-up on the weather once something interesting is happening.
The weather monitoring tools have been developed to cover all needs. Observations and forecasts are provided from the official sources, like road weather stations, radars, satellites and atmospheric forecast models. Also, possible mobile measurements from vehicles are supported.
Maintenance alerts are given up to 2 hours in advance, as a last call to make the final decision for maintenance actions. The alerts are based on Foreca nowcasting technology, which is not only based on the forecast, but also the trend of the latest measurements from the radars, 2nd generation satellites and road weather stations, giving more accurate information of the upcoming road conditions.
In addition to maintenance alerts provided a couple of hours in advance, you will also get additional alerts based on observations from road weather stations. You can see observation-based alerts as a double-check functionality, to make sure you are always well-aware of the hazardous conditions in your maintenance area, e.g. in case of sudden freezing rain or some other noteworthy unpredictable phenomena.
Maintenance alerts can be delivered by email or SMS to better support those already operating in the field.