AI to the rescue for Herts inspections

28/05/2020
Dominic Browne

Ringway Hertfordshire has employed a form of artificial intelligence (AI) technology during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow essential highways maintenance checks to safely continue.

In partnership with Vaisala and Hertfordshire County Council, the team had originally started a trial in February to determine whether AI could be used to record road defects. When the COVID-19 crisis hit in March, the trial of the technology was accelerated as it helped with social distancing measures.

'The Vaisala RoadAI technology requires only one member of the highways team to inspect the designated route. In place of the second team member, it uses video recording technology to capture and transmit footage, including individual network defects, to a Vaisala cloud system for automated analysis,' Ringway said.

After the AI data analysis, based on machine learning, the footage is then available for review to help teams plan their maintenance actions.

Picture, right, shows the video software trained to identify signage.

Following the successful pilot and implementation of the RoadAI system in Hertfordshire, Ringway is discussing deploying the application with many other clients and is now able to move to single person inspections for the duration of the current working restrictions. 

Yogesh Patel, process and improvement director at Ringway, said: 'This is a brilliant example of where one of our teams has applied new technology to a conventional process and resolved a real and immediate problem with some excellent results.'

As a result of the new technology, Ringway has been able to redeploy many drivers and inspectors, originally used for road inspections to other essential highway maintenance activities.

Kevin Carrol, Ringway Hertfordshire divisional manager, said: 'The safety of our people is paramount, and by using this technology we are able to ensure they are working in a safe environment.

'Secondly, it allows us to continue with essential road maintenance during lockdown and in line with government recommendations. Social distancing, and limitations with public transport, has meant that roads are now the principal choice on which people are travelling and we need to ensure they are safe for emergency services, key workers and the general public.'

Cllr Phil Bibby, cabinet member for highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said: 'This technology is great news for drivers in Hertfordshire. We’re always trying to find new and better ways of doing things, and the COVID-19 restrictions have given us the impetus to take rapid leaps forward that might otherwise have taken months to implement.

'I’m really pleased that Ringway has been able to deploy this technology and continue with road inspections under difficult circumstances while freeing up staff for essential maintenance work.'

Latest Issue

latest magazine issue

INSIDE:

  • Traffex 2021 news round-up
  • Safety enforcement with a difference
View the latest issue


Highways jobs

Head of Air Quality Measurement

£58,528 – £67,004
The Environmental Research Group (ERG), part of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. Imperial College London, White City Campus, London W12 0BZ
Recruiter: Imperial College London

Senior Traffic Technician

£25,481 - £28,672
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Traffic Technician working with the forward thinking Traffic Team of Pembrokeshire County Council.  Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Recruiter: Pembrokeshire County Council

Definitive Map Officer

£27,049 - £30,564
We are currently recruiting for a Definitive Map Officer to work within our Public Rights of Way and Highway Records team. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Recruiter: Doncaster Council

Senior Finance Business Partner - IDB Property

£53000 - £62364 per annum + + Flexible Working & Local Gov Pension
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeab England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Senior Finance Business Partner - Waste and Green Space

£53000 - £62364 per annum + + Flexible Working & Local Gov Pension
This position will initially, in line with current government guidance be based from home, with an expectation of being home based for the foreseeabl England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Senior Engineer

£35,745 - £39,880
Are you an experienced Engineer looking for a new challenge? Lincolnshire
Recruiter: Lincolnshire County Council

Highway Network Officer

£31,346 - £32,234
Are you looking to progress your career within the Highways and Transport sector? Workington, Cumbria
Recruiter: Cumbria County Council

Head of Highways & Transport

£58,568 - £66,923 per annum
This is hugely exciting time to join the Council in this new role as the strategic lead for our Highways and Transport service. York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Consultant – Low carbon transport specialist

Up to £37,000 per annum, depending on experience
We are looking for an experienced individual, passionate about decarbonising transport and improving air quality. Homeworking
Recruiter: Energy Saving Trust

Apprentice Project Support Assistant

£12,656.10
Looking for a new challenge or your first steps along your career?  Your next adventure starts here!  York, North Yorkshire
Recruiter: City of York Council

Development and Flood Risk Officer

Up to £141.50 per day + PAYE
Development and Flood Risk Officer Temporary, Full Time £141.50 per day PAYE Location
Recruiter: Essex County Council

Principal Local Engineer

£35,745 - £43,857
The Principal Local Engineer role is to provide service at principal level to deliver Local Engineering duties as set out. Birmingham, West Midlands
Recruiter: Birmingham City Council

Vehicle Technician

£24,982 - £29,577 per annum
This position is a fixed term contract for 12 months with the prospect of a... Sandwell, West Midlands
Recruiter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Project Engineer

£32,234 - £34,728 per annum
We are looking for degree qualified candidates with relevant post graduate experience in the sector. Telford, Shropshire
Recruiter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Various Highways Career Opportunities

Various
North Yorkshire has one of the longest road networks of any highways authority in the country. North Yorkshire
Recruiter: North Yorkshire County Council

Local Highway Officer

£22,183 - £32,234
The role is to identify maintenance repairs and improvements, dealing with customer correspondence from Parish Councils and members of the public. Cambridgeshire
Recruiter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Senior infrastructure engineer

£45.834 - £56.141
You’ll lead the building, testing and monitoring new and existing services both on-prem and in the cloud. Greenwich, London (Greater)
Recruiter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Highways Engineer/Technician

Up to £33,000
An experienced and skilled Highways Engineer is sought to deliver a wide range of highway and traffic initiatives. Broxbourne, Hertfordshire
Recruiter: Broxbourne Borough Council

Principal Local Engineer

£35,745 - £43,857
The Principal Local Engineer role is to provide service at principal level to deliver Local Engineering duties as set out. Birmingham, West Midlands
Recruiter: Birmingham City Council

Highways Technician / Engineer

22.813£ - 42.821£
As an experienced Highway Design Engineer, you’ll see schemes progress from early design to construction. Bournemouth, Dorset
Recruiter: BCP Council

Highways Presents

Highways on Fridays

Register now!

Latest Video