Beijing will provide better meteorological services for
expressway drivers, an official with the Beijing Meteorological
Bureau said on Monday.
The city will give such services to expressway drivers via a batch
of road observation systems introduced from Finland, said Liu
Qiang, director of the bureau's Meteoric Observation and Safety
Center, adding that 13 out of 16 such systems have been
They systems, comprising ground and underground detectors, can
offer data on road temperature and humidity, depth and temperature
of seeper, snow or ice on the road, wind power, snow-melt
concentration and fog visibility.
Liu said the systems, which were launched three years ago, are part
of the metropolis' drive to build up meteorological services for
the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games and to help drivers be
more aware of detailed road conditions during their driving.
The systems can automatically collect and transmit data every
minute, and the data will be updated on official the bureau's Web
site every five minutes, Liu added.
(Xinhua News Agency July 24, 2007)