The team on this project wanted to address the potential risk of vehicles leaving works entrances and pulling onto the Strategic Road Network in an unsafe condition. Following previous collaborations between Kier Highways and Solar Gates UK, the organisations have developed a safety gate which addresses the hazards caused by load security, weight amd overhead services and obstructions.
The solution developed is an app-based portal that requires drivers exiting a compound to answer a series of vital safety questions, encouraging the driver behaviour of taking personal responsibility for their vehicle.
The Smart Gate requires drivers to get out of their vehicles and answer a set of questions. They are asked if the vehicles’ height, weight and load stability are OK to safely join the highway. The randomised selection of yes/no questions are presented on a touch screen at the barrier and this unique feature puts responsibility on the driver, requiring them to perform a final critical check which could potentially stop incidents and save lives. If all the questions are answered correctly, the system allows the relevant barrier to open.
If the driver answers any question incorrectly, or the vehicle is detected to be over-height, by a laser GS6 sensor which is an integral part of the gate system, the barrier will remain locked and the screen will guide the driver to use the 4G intercom to call for assistance.
The system is solar operated and can be used up to 900 times per day in British weather, allowing it to be be installed in remote locations without dedicated power supplies.
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