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An all-encompassing, intelligent safety and asset management system for highway maintenance

Objective

Road maintenance is one of the most dangerous occupations in Europe. Despite stringent health & safety standards over 50% of UK road workers reported a near miss with a vehicle and the large majority of injuries or fatalities occur within designated safety areas. These safe zones are either protected by positive protection systems such as concrete barriers or soft barriers such as traffic cones. The latter are mainly used for temporary works. In such a scenario cones may be the only protection a road worker has from traffic. Due to the maturity of Europe’s road network and the rapid deterioration as a result of heavy traffic and weather conditions, temporary road work is increasing. In addition to concerns about safety, preparation of these temporary barriers is a major drain on resources. As a lot of roadwork is carried out at night, barriers are equipped with lanterns. These are typically powered by disposable batteries which only last a short period of time and have to be changed frequently. The Safelane consortium have successfully developed a wireless perimeter protection system that detects an impact to a temporary barrier. However, there are several significant technical hurdles that currently prevent the development of a system that can be applied to every road maintenance scenario. In Safelane we propose to develop an all-encompassing system including; a Smart re-chargeable lantern battery with integrated wireless impact sensor; a Smart alarm base station capable of receiving alerts from individual impact sensors, to warn the workforce; and a device management system enabling road maintenance contractors to effectively manage temporary work sites via a web based graphical user interface. The new Safelane system will therefore help provide early warning of temporary road work barrier breaches and will eliminate the need for manual changing of lantern batteries, reducing battery disposal by over 90%.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/civil engineering/transportation engineering/highway engineering

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

HIGHWAY RESOURCE SOLUTIONS LTD
Address
Ratcliffe Road Unit 8 Oak Business Centre 79-93
LE127PU Sileby
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 259 998
Administrative Contact
Dale Courtman (Mr.)

Participants (7)

UAB ELDES
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 203 147,50
Address
Ukmerges Gatve 283 B
06313 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rolandas Dranseika (Mr.)
NETMANIA I.T. LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 214 919
Address
Park Lane The Stables
WS13 8EX Lichfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nick Wilcox (Mr.)
DELTA KUNSTSTOFFE AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 84 510
Address
Industriestrasse 44
47652 Weeze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Riegler (Mr.)
NEW WAVE INNOVATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 14 700,80
Address
Unit 15/16 Winterbeck Industrial Estate
NG13 0AU Bottesford
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vartan Grigorian (Dr.)
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 59 357
Address
High Tech Campus 52
5656 AG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Keur (Mr.)
TRL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 24 513
Address
Crowthorne House Nine Mile Ride
RG40 3GA Wokingham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karen Speed (Mrs.)
COLAS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 19 260
Address
Wallage Lane Rowfant
RH10 4NF Crawley
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stuart Cordier (Mr.)