Mobile Detector MD30

Accurately collect and transmit data on road and runway surface state, grip, and surface temperature.

    See Real-Time Conditions

    The Mobile Detector MD30 from Vaisala monitors road and runway conditions, and transmits weather data from snow plows or any vehicle type without disruption — keeping your ground transportation or airport operations running smoothly and safely.

    With the MD30, it’s easy for municipalities, transportation authorities, and airport operators to get real-time data on road and runway surface state. Get visibility to layer thicknesses of water, ice, and snow, grip, relative humidity, dew point, and road and air temperature data, directly from plows.

    As part of Vaisala’s Mobile GRF/TALPA Reporter solution, MD30 helps assess, synthesize, and report runway condition data in accordance with ICAO’s new Global Reporting Format (GRF).


    Built Tough

    The MD30 is the first detector designed specifically for snow plows, and it works well as a standalone sensor or to help fill in data between stationary weather stations. Its design withstands heavy vehicle vibration and prevents water ingress, and therefore, its design ensures reliable road weather data in challenging weather conditions on all vehicle types.

    The MD30 is compact, easy to install, and cost effective even for large fleet deployment. Its quick response time and high sensitivity enable reliable mobile road and runway condition data year-round.


    Data-Driven Decisions

    RoadAI App - MD30

    Vaisala’s MD30 fills in the blanks for both winter road maintenance supervisors and plow operators. You can use it as part of a decision support system such as Vaisala Wx Horizon or your current spreader control system.

    Winter road maintenance supervisors will get real-time answers to challenging questions:

    • What's happening between my weather stations?
    • Does the current pavement forecast reflect the state of my roads?
    • Are we using the right material types and amounts for each road segment?
    • Are the trucks where they should be, clearing the most impacted and important routes first?
    • Are any operational adjustments necessary due to quickly changing conditions?

    Snow plow operators will be informed about:

    • Is there black ice or moisture on this road? How thick is the layer and does it make the road slippery?
    • Is the pavement temperature falling and do I need to treat the road to prevent a potential icy situation?
    • Should I be applying more or less material?
    • What's left on the road after my blade has passed?

    Data Visualization & Reporting

    MD30 Screen Capture

    Optional online data visualization through Vaisala Wx Horizon leverages video and photo data with the data viewable in the vehicle or remotely depending on setup options. This additional advantage of the MD30 sensor supports:

    • Optimal treatment actions on winter roads/runways
    • Road surface defect analysis as part of AI-enabled pavement condition inventory
    • FAA and ICAO compliant runway condition reporting
    Vaisala team collaborating in office

    Want the Full Picture of Your Road and Runway Conditions?

    Just say the word. We can connect you with real-time data on grip and road state, layer thicknesses, road and air temperature, relative humidity, frost, and more.

    Snowy City of Fort Collins

    Success Story: City of Fort Collins - Safer roads in any weather

    How the Streets Department of the City of Fort Collins uses mobile sensors and data visualization to proactively and efficiently maintain the city road network