The safety of highway workers has been taken to another level following the launch of the first products in a range of wearable technology aimed at helping those working in high-risk environments such as next to live traffic.
The official launch, which features a ‘helmet-cam’, will take place at the forthcoming Highways UK exhibition taking place at the Birmingham NEC on November 2nd and 3rd.
This marks a year of development since Clearway made its debut at Highways UK in 2021.
The company is now looking forward to developing the technology further with LCRIG support as the helmet-cam is tested not only to keep workers safe but to improve efficiencies by being used to support surveys, voice and video record content for reports etc.
In the summer, it won the Transport Technology category at the inaugural Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) Innovation Festival and will receive support to develop the technology further and facilitate a trial of its range of wearable safety recording devices on a local authority network.
Clearway Technology has partnered with LociLabs, to develop the new inSite Wearable Safety Devices.
Current ‘bodycam’ solutions mean you need different devices for various activities, Clearway Technology has amalgamated these into one piece of equipment for the operative/lone worker in either the form of a bodycam or for some use cases the device simply attaches to a workers hard hat – ‘helmet cam’.
Reducing roadworker exposure to risk has been a real focus area across highway networks 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 body cam technology to record these incidents and help with remote support for engineers and operatives on the ground. With the function to live stream, this also means less return visits to site, you can easily have your co-workers login live to what you are looking at and solve issues in real-time on site, giving the view from the workers eye level perspective. This also reduces the need for people to attend site for inspections and helps designers with technical queries.
Commenting on the launch, Simon Waterfall, General Manager-Highways at Clearway Technology said: “Keeping our workers safe should still be a priority for everyone in the supply chain. This technology brings together quality wearable devices with the technology that enables companies to instantly track the safety of workers as well as providing a platform for instant reporting of incidents.”
The1080p recording onto the device and 720 live streaming allows any details to be picked up and with an intuitive online-based portal you can view live footage, review footage and even redact faces and numberplate information, allowing reporting to be accurate and instant.
Real-time location allows people managers to know where their staff are at any point in time, distance travelled and how long they have been active online, the output of which supports things like fatigue management and operative deployment efficiencies.
Two-way communications and the broadcast function help with alerting workers to things happening on site at any given moment and for operative / lone worker check-ins.
Also developed to help protect operatives working next to live traffic, Clearway Technology’s inView Technology Tower is a swift to deploy mobile technology tower for instant stopped vehicle detection, CCTV and video analytics, PPE detection, alarm systems, air quality monitoring and more.
The solar-powered tower can be delivered and located in minutes and is remotely configured and monitored, taking away the dangers of having operatives in live carriageways. Its remote 4G connectivity also removes the necessity for civil engineering dependent cabled infrastructure.
The new wearable technology and all Clearway’s solutions for the highways sector will be available to see on Stand no: D6 at Highways UK