Road Maintenance

The Right Measures, At The Right Time.

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What happens when you take some of the world’s most advanced vehicle friction and roughness measurement solutions and apply them to road maintenance? The answer is that you open up a whole new world of possibilities.


At NIRA, we have always focused on solving real-world problems. One of them is to enable better and more efficient winter maintenance measures, to optimize resource utilization and reduce environmental impact. With a strong foundation in software-based road surface monitoring solutions, we can do just that.

In the end, efficient road maintenance comes down to data, and at NIRA we have developed an automotive software component capable of measuring, amongst other data, the friction of the road surface. Since 2020, a vehicle fleet of close to two million cars have been equipped with the software – collecting real-time road data as we speak.

Now, by fusing and aggregating this data – which is anonymized, of course – we can provide both road stakeholders and the automotive industry with location intelligence and valuable insights. For instance, by combining road friction, road roughness and pothole data with surface temperature and precipitation data, we’re able to create a set of map layers describing the road surface conditions in detail – providing a comprehensive and accurate picture of an entire road network.


An automated and objective system for daily operations and long term planning through connected vehicle data.

Road Health

Using Road Health, road operators will be able to optimize the maintenance planning, maintaining the right roads at the right time while decreasing maintenance costs. Road alerts for sudden changes on the roads enabling to taking actions swiftly when damages as potholes occurs.

Winter Road Insights

Using WINTER ROAD INSIGHTS, road operators get access to real-time friction data, letting them know what the situation is like on any road, at any given time. From quick feedback on performed actions – giving confidence to decision makers – to long-term statistical analyses for improving maintenance performance over time, Winter Road Insights is the go-to solution.

Forecasting of road conditions

As a contractor, you already know about Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS), and they have surely helped you plan your measures in the past. And they will not alert you to the ice patches on that particular shadowy stretch behind the trees, either. RSI by NIRA can bridge the gap between the RWIS stations. And by adding windshield wiper data and ambient temperature, you get a much better image of the status of the road. By combining and assessing data from connected vehicles with a multitude of reliable sources, such as RWIS, radar, satellite images and weather prognoses you not only get a complete picture of the current road status. We partner with providers of Maintenance Decision Support Systems, so that all the data can be available in the tool that you as a contractor is using right now. You can get accurate prognoses of future road surface conditions – invaluable whenever you’re planning measures ahead of time.

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