HRS | Raising the Bar with Smart Safety Technology
Highways England’s recent released ‘Raising the Bar 27 Guidelines’ (Managing Temporary Traffic Management Incursions) highlights the important contribution of smart safety technology in helping to prevent and mitigate vehicle incursions into roadworks. As a direct response to these requirements, HRS’s Smart Closure system is now widely available for use across the Strategic Road Network.
The revised guidance for industry best practice is based on the outcome of a recent Highways England study which concluded that “the warning functionality of Intellicone will provide a much faster and more reliable means of informing road workers of a vehicle incursion than traditional methods (e.g. mobile phone/text-based broadcast message to others working in the area). The benefits of this type of system can provide significant benefit to the mitigation of all types of incursion risks”.
Vehicle incursions are one of the highest risks that road workers are exposed to. Over the past 10 years several fatalities have been recorded and more 1,700 vehicle incursions were reported during 2018.
Smart Closure System Benefits:
- A real-time incursion warning system that instantly alerts the workforce in of an errant vehicle incursion
- Electronically monitored & alarmed road closure points, removing Traffic Management personnel from areas of potential confrontation
- Alerts the workforce to non-works vehicles passing through the works area (i.e. emergency vehicles, gritters, escorted vehicles etc), enhancing safety and improving efficiency
- Remote two-way communication with local residents requiring access via Smart Portable Intercom, enabling road users to communicate Traffic Management personnel
Roger Poeth, Managing Director of HRS commented:
“We have worked closely with the industry and Highways England to demonstrate the benefits of embracing intuitive technology to help reduce and where this is not possible safely manage errant vehicle incursions. Our systems are easy to use and have a proven track record in enabling safer sites whilst also helping to improve efficiency and road user experience”