The road ahead: Driving improvement in winter maintenance

Aviation and Road Solutions

When it’s your job to keep the road safe, you need more than a weather forecast: You need to identify the optimum treatment action to minimize weather impact. However, it can take years of experience to interpret a forecast, combine it with road sensor data, and act at the right time.

Join us for this interactive webinar where we’ll talk about:
•    The latest winter maintenance trends
•    How actionable weather information drives improvement in winter maintenance
•    The science behind forecasting and how Vaisala uses forecasts and high-quality sensor data to help you focus on keeping your roads safe

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Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams

Head of Winter Maintenance, Digital Services

Rachel has over 25 years’ experience in understanding the impact of weather on the roadway. An Environmental Science and Geography honours graduate, with a post-graduate diploma in Marketing, Rachel started working at Vaisala in 1994 in the Thermal Mapping team. It was through this experience that she learnt the fundamental importance of the impact of weather on roadway mobility and safety.

Since then, she has been privileged to work with and learn from transportation professionals throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Americas. Today, Rachel leads Digital product development for winter maintenance, focusing on data-driven solutions delivering road weather intelligence to support highway operators to make decisions that minimize the impact of weather on mobility and safety.

Samu Karanko, Vaisala

Samu Karanko

Head of Science, Europe, Vaisala

Samu Karanko is the head of science for Vaisala Digital, where he sets the research and development priorities in alignment with the company’s strategic vision. With more than 20 years of road weather experience, he is an expert at managing the development of new processes and technologies, often in concert with global partners across a wide range of industries and organizations. Samu is well-versed in navigating the challenges of technical feasibility, quality, and return on investment (ROI).

Prior to joining Vaisala Digital, Samu worked as the chief scientist at Foreca, where he was responsible for a wide array of initiatives, notably the development of the company’s Road Weather Model, which was later acquired by Vaisala. Samu has also long been involved in national road weather service initiatives, where his project leadership experience includes creating and implementing specifications for the national road weather services of New Zealand, Sweden, and Russia, as well as creating the foundation for public road weather forecasts for the Finnish Road Authority. Karanko also oversaw the integration of the METRo road weather model into Foreca systems.

Although much of his work relates to strategy and process, Samu stays engaged in software design and development to enhance his perspective on emerging technologies. He enjoys sharing his strong personal investment in this field and enabling its continued evolution.