Clearway Technology has won the Transport Technology category at the inaugural Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) Innovation Festival and will now receive support to develop the technology further and facilitate a trial of its range of operative wearable safety recording devices on a local authority network.
As a new provider to the highways sector this is exciting news for the Clearway team who have extensive experience in protecting and securing valuable resources and assets across the construction and commercial property sectors.
Simon Waterfall, General Manager – Highways, Clearway Technology said “This is an amazing opportunity for us to test and trial the wearable safety technology in an urban/rural environment. We’re extremely grateful to the local authority delegates who judged entries from Qualifying Innovators and the LCRIG Infrastructure Innovation Board for their final review. We look forward to further developing this technology, with our partners LociLabs, to provide increased safety for our roadworkers.”
Reducing roadworker exposure has been a real focus area on the highways network over the last few years, given the ever-increasing complexity of infrastructure projects and the unfortunate increase in roadworker abuse. Many network operators are turning to bodycams to help record these incidents and help with remote support for engineers on the ground.
Clearway has been working to enable this with an industry-first wearable piece of technology. Whilst developing this technology to its current level, Clearway and LociLabs have engaged with Traffic Management providers to gain valuable feedback in order to build a solution that is tailored to the real-world environment. Currently there is a need to have multiple devices for various activities, the Clearway-LociLabs solution amalgamates these into one piece of equipment for the operative in either the form of a bodycam or for some use cases the device simply attaches to the worker’s hard hat. With the function to live-stream this also means less return visits to site; you can easily have your co-workers login live to see what you are looking at and solve issues in real-time on-site, given the view from the worker’s eye-level perspective. This also reduces the need for people to attend site for inspections and helps designers with technical queries.
Simon adds “At present this functionality is all demonstratable in the bodycam and the hardware for the helmet version is in prototype stage following the feedback gained to date from our market engagement. Our next step was to get the bodycams into the real-world environment to gain feedback for further developments and to get the first versions of the helmet variant to site. This can now be more easily facilitated thanks to the LCRIG Innovation Festival award.”