Gaist aims to ‘redefine’ highways safety with launch of SafetyView

Local authorities will be able to have a ‘rapid capture and display’ of every safety defect on an inspection route, thanks to a new service launched by highways technology company Gaist.

SafetyView, which was developed with input from the Department for Transport and insurance companies, has been successfully trialled by three local authorities.

It has been launched to help highway authorities with the challenges faced in keeping their roads safe and well-maintained.

As well as a comprehensive record of every safety defect on the inspection route, SafetyView also provides a ‘robust record’ of potholes and other defects to support councils in asset management and defending legal claims.

Capturing data at traffic speed, it will provide the highest level of detail about road condition and deterioration trends. It can be delivered to individual organisations or deployed as a regional, shared service enabling councils to leverage the benefits of working collaboratively.

Highways safety inspections are a core aspect of road management for local authorities and essential for ensuring the safety of road-users. But they are time and resource intense – often carried out on foot and sometimes necessitating traffic management measures. In addition, the information captured may not be robust enough to respond to legal claims.

Steve Birdsall, chief executive of Gaist, said that the new approach, utilising the latest in digital technology and visual systems, would “re-define how we deliver safety on our highways.” It would give local authorities and other highways infrastructure operators, “the full confidence they need to make the correct maintenance and investment decisions and to support the safest possible road networks for their customers,” he said.

Since its launch, 15 years ago, Gaist has disrupted traditional ways of working by applying technology and digital processes and its expertise in camera technology to provide the deepest understanding yet of our highways and footways.

The multi-award-winning business has enabled local authorities and other organisations to rapidly access precise and high-quality intelligence about their networks, arming them with the intelligence and knowledge needed to inform the optimum maintenance and repair strategies and to do more with less in these financially constrained times.

For an invite to a webinar explaining more about SafetyView, taking place on 16/07/2020, click here.

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