Surface Temperature Sensors / SurfaceVue 10
SurfaceVue 10 Fixed-Location, Non-Invasive Road Surface Condition and Temperature Sensor
Know How Weather Is Impacting Your Roads
Using spectroscopic analysis
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The SurfaceVue™10 is a road condition sensor designed for use with your Road Weather Information Systems (RWIS). This non-invasive sensor uses spectroscopic analysis to provide you with surface state, friction, water, and ice layer thickness data. The SurfaceVue 10 also measures surface temperature, air temperature, dew point, air pressure, and wind speed parameters. This data provides you with vital information to make better maintenance and operational decisions.

Benefits and Features

  • Non-contact sensor to reduce costs associated with installation and maintenance
  • Proven performance and reliability to make confident maintenance and operational decisions
  • Simple sensor calibration when using Campbell Scientific road weather solutions
  • No moving parts for minimal maintenance and long lifespan
  • Easy installation for completion any time of year with no disruption to traffic



Road Conditions

Surface States Dry, moist, wet, slush, snow, ice

Friction (Grip)

Measurement Range 0 to 1.0 (unitless)
Accuracy ±0.1 (compared to braking friction reference)
Resolution ±0.01

Water and Ice Layer Thickness

Range 0 to 3 mm (0 to 0.12 in.)
  • ±0.1 mm up to 1.0 mm (0.004 in. up to 0.04 in.)
  • 10% > 1.0 mm (10% > 0.04 in.)
Resolution ±0.01 mm

Road Surface Temperature

Measurement Range -40 to +60°C (-40 to +140°F)
Accuracy ±0.3°C
Resolution ±0.1°C

Ground Temperature (Modeled)

Measurement Range -40 to +60°C (-40 to +140°F)
Accuracy ±0.5°C
Resolution ±0.1°C

Dew Point Temperature (Calculated)

Measurement Range -40 to +60°C (-40 to +140°F)
Accuracy ±1.0°C
Resolution ±0.1°C

Air Temperature

Measurement Range -40 to +60°C (-40 to +140°F)
Accuracy ±0.3°C
Resolution ±0.1°C

Relative Humidity

Measurement Range 0 to 100%
Accuracy ±2%
Resolution ±0.1%

Barometric Pressure

Measurement Range 500 to 1100 hPa
Accuracy ±1.0 hPa
Resolution ±0.1 hPa

Wind Speed (Modeled)

Measurement Range 0 to 60 m/s (0 to 134 mph)
Accuracy ±10%
Resolution ±1 m/s

General Specifications

Measuring Range 3 to 10 m (9.8 to 32.8 ft)
Installation Angle 30 to 80°
Road Surface Conditions Field of View 2.8°
0.5 m (at 10 m)
Road Surface Temperature Field of View 10°
1.7 m (at 10 m)
Operating Temperature Range -40 to +60°C (-40 to +140°F)
Operating Humidity Range 0 to 100%
Power Consumption @ 12 Vdc < 100 mA (typical)
Supply Voltage Range 9 to 30 Vdc
Digital Output RS-232
Warm-up Time 1 min
Cable Type Five conductor
Cable Length 10 m (32.8 ft)
Dimensions 76.2 x 27.9 x 17.8 cm (30 x 11 x 7 in.)
Weight 4.9 kg (10.8 lb)


The SurfaceVue 10 is compatible with any Campbell Scientific RWIS station.


SurfaceVue 10 Program Example v.1 (3 KB) 18-04-2024

SurfaceVue 10 standard programs with and without NTCIP. Set a constant to select RS-232 or RS-485 communications. Another constant is used to specify the port the sensor is connected to. See the readme.txt file for more information. The program is written for a CR1000X, but programs for other data loggers will be similar.

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