Asphalt road to village in North Lithuania. Rural winter landscape with alley of trees and asphalt road. © Flavijus Piliponis, Fotolia

Mobile sensors about to conquer Lithuania – successful MARWIS test

Lithuania is divided into 10 regions (districts): Alytus, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Marijampolė, Panevėžys, Šiauliai, Tauragė, Telšiai, Utena and Vilnius.

All of these should be equipped with our latest mobile road sensor technology to support winter services and make their jobs more environmentally friendly. A region is already taking part: From beginning 2016 on, Utena has installed two MARWIS devices in order to test them thoroughly.

The central road management of Lithuania commissioned our partner AVIGA to integrate the MARWIS data into their existing software. The measured data of the sensors in use are made available on the district administration website. The software, which initially issued the MARWIS values road condition and friction only, is now supplemented by the rest of the sensor values.

In November 2016, I traveled to Utena to help our local partner AVIGA to hold a MARWIS seminar. The aim was to give potential MARWIS users (engineers, winter service employees) of the directorates from all districts of the country an understanding of the new technology. We used the day for a theoretical introduction and practical workshops. For the latter, we invited all seminar participants to join a tour in a small truck, where we presented the MARWIS data live on a tablet. Another important part of the training was a web conference with one of our developers, who was available for technical questions.

After all this good joint preparation and the extensive and instructive test period, we were now given the green light for taking part in future public tenders in Lithuania.

On this occasion, I would like to thank all those involved for their support. Thanks to all who have made this possible – to a successful MARWIS roll-out in Lithuania!

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