A team from Highways England, Connect Plus, Connect Plus Services, Jackson, Atkins Navtech and Mway Comms have won the CIHT Technology award for their work on a new type of Stationary Vehicle Detection (SVD) Radar.
This technology is completely new to the UK and has been successfully trialled on two sections of the M25. Put simply, SVD Radar instantly detects stationary vehicles on the carriageway, and alerts the Regional Control Centre to the presence of an obstruction in the road. Existing radar systems currently rely on queuing traffic to detect an incident – by which time the occupants of the stationary vehicle and other road users, have been exposed to significant risk for a longer period of time.
Trials of the new SVD radar have proven instantaneous detection of stationary vehicles or obstructions in the road, thus lowering the risks to a stationary vehicle in a fast moving environment, which is particularly effective in All Lane Running scenarios.
The judges said: "This entry demonstrates an exceptionally well thought through, well-engineered and well-implemented solution. The SVD Radar offers a powerful measure, with widespread application, for alerting network operations systems and staff to stationary vehicles. It will help them mitigate safety critical issues, improve incident response times and traffic flow.”
“It is highly likely that its implementation will save lives and prevent injuries. The trials have proved the quality and the use-case for the equipment and the approach taken."