InTouch Ltd returns to Strictly Highways as the lead sponsor

For the second year running, InTouch Ltdreturns to LCRIG’s Strictly Highways conference in Blackpool as the lead sponsor. Managing director John Walden will be doing the opening speech at the conference and they will have an exhibition stand to showcase their Internet of Things (IoT) highways drainage software.


Recently the software has been highlighted as a good example of technology in the UK in a House of Commons debate on investigating smart city technology, and is also supported by keynote speaker Steve Berry OBE.


Their SmartWater software was launched into the market in 2018 to revolutionise UK highways departments’ gully management. Having worked alongside Lancaster University in developing the IoT and predictive analytics software, SmartWater underwent rigorous trials with Bristol City Council. This showed that it could cut gully cleansing costs by 50%, as well as reducing problem gullies from 25% to 11%. Taking a risk-based approach and undertaking targeted cleansingcan save precious time, money and resources, as well as extra cost-saving for reduced emergency call-outs.


SmartWater is currently being used by authorities in Bristol, Slough, Norwich, Blackpool, Plymouth, as well as running trials on the M25 and with Network Rail for railway track drainage.


John Walden, managing director at InTouch Ltd, said: “We had an amazing time at the first Strictly Highways conference last year. It was brilliant to hear from such fascinating speakers and meet people from local authorities all over the UK.


“We’re thrilled to be back this year as the headline sponsor, with such a fantastic line-up of speakers and events on the agenda. We know how much work the LCRIG team put into making this a really special event.”


The SmartWater system is beneficial to local authorities by providing risk-based evidence for maintenance and improvement of the gully asset. This approach is consistent with the most recent (2017) UKRLG Code of Practice for Well Managed Highways and is endorsed by the Department for Transport.


The managed software enables local authorities and highways agencies to manage their gullies from a central dashboard, which shows which individual gullies need cleansing, as well as sending alerts when a gully is going to flood.


The service uses Internet of Things sensors that sit inside the gully, which are combined with sophisticated predication analytics software for highly accurate live and predicted data. This is a stark comparison and a 21st century upgrade for local authorities who are still cleansing their gullies via a manual paperwork rota.


There are numerous smart city applications and partnerships which can be made with this sophisticated software, and InTouch Ltd has already worked in conjunction with smart lighting businesses Telensa and Mayflower.


To find out more about how SmartWater works alongside local authorities, please email or to arrange a chat at the Strictly Highways event.



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