Unauthorised vehicles entering a vehicle incursion zone are extremely dangerous to road workers and other road users. Smart Taper monitors temporary traffic management enabling an instant and informed response to taper strikes. it reports strikes immediately allowing for the speedy removal of the hazard.
CIHT/Ringway Innovation Award
This award is for innovative problem solving within highways and transportation that encourages imaginative concepts and excellence.
Kier Highways Ltd & Highway Resource Solutions Ltd (HRS)
Kier and HRS collaborated on a pilot to develop an innovative digital service – Smart Taper – with the potential to revolutionise how industry manages traffic management (TM).
Taper Strikes pose a serious risk to road users and road workers, with current industry practice to inspect the integrity of TM on a routine basis (normally every two hours), meaning that unsafe tapers can be left exposed for unacceptable lengths of time.
Smart Taper monitors the integrity of cone tapers and immediately reports strikes directly to TM crews.
For the first time, this technology can also interface with Highways England’s Schedule of Roadworks (SRW/NOMS) system. In addition, TM controllers and designers can view deployments on live mapping interfaces and use automated reports about on/off times and working windows, which provides intelligence-led decisions and delivers more efficient schemes of work. Smart Taper has been deployed more than 2,000 times in Area 9 and is fully embraced by the Area 9 TM team. Due to the success of the pilot, it is being rolled out across Kier contracts.
Smart Taper is under development to allow autonomous vehicles to navigate road works safely, based upon the exact locations of cone barriers and the first/last roadworks signs.
‘The Judges were impressed by the entry’s well thought through, proven practical applications – enhancing safety for road users and road workers, especially through early alert systems. it addresses the riskiest elements of working on the highway, by reducing the risk of human error throughout the traffic management cycle – deployment, operations and removal. it also potentially automates notifications, enabling rapid response to changing situations. There is clear potential for much wider application across highway related works. it also provides auditable assurance to clients, CDM holders and management. ” – Judges Comments
Central reservation works – Great Coates to Pyewipe
“On the East entry slip road, the Intellicone enabled cone lamps were moved by a motorist activating the local alarm and the Checkpoint alarm. The local alarm acted as a deterrent and the motorist moved on without entering site”
The Safelane incursion system was innovatively used on the A180 by Aone+ Area 12. The system which consisted of a full closure point (Yellow Alarm and Intellicone cone lamps), 1 Check Point (Orange Alarm, Panic Alarm & CCTV) and 1 workforce alarm (Blue Alarm), was used overnight as a pre-works scheme, to allow safe implementation of the daytime network traffic management, site materials and plant.
The Check Point was positioned to receive an alarm from the full closure point if this was breached and a sa secondary safety stop ahead of the workforce. The fact that the Check Point was manned allowed the Operative to assess the situation and only alert the work force (Blue Alarm) if necessary. During the incident as outlined the motorist was deterred from proceeding hence the Check Point crew only needed to reinstate the traffic management at the closure point.
“The system was easy to set up”.- TM Operative Area 12
“With Safelane in place, there was no need to man the entry slip, saving on man power”.- TM Supervisor Area 12
“It gives greater confidence working inside the closure”.- TM Operative Area 12
“The closure is more secure from the public”.- TM Operative Area 12
“Safelane is easy to understand”.- TM Operative Area 12