19 August 2020 | Innovation | Net Zero | BY: Westcotec

Westcotec provides innovative solutions for active travel grants

Westcotec strives to use innovation to improve the safety on roads, and thermal detection is at the forefront of this. With the ability to detect a variety of road users such as cars, pedestrians and cyclists, warning signs and other intelligent infrastructure can be used to alert road users of the potential hazard.

A previous installation in Southampton consisted of thermal detection cameras looking for crossing cyclists on a main road. Once a cyclist is detected, a trigger is wirelessly transmitted to the signs on the main road before the high-risk point ensuring that the drivers are aware of the cyclists further ahead.

The same technology has been used in a high-risk area for pedestrians crossing a main road in Northumberland, once again triggering a sign on the main road to alert drivers of the pedestrians at a crossing point.

By giving drivers advanced warnings of hazards, the risk involved is greatly reduced, giving more time for drivers/pedestrians and cyclists to make decisions based off the information they have been given.

Pedestrian and Cyclist counting can also be achieved using this technology. The count can be viewed through an online accessed web page or automatic reports can be generated on a weekly, daily or hourly basis, as well as being transmitted to electronic signage to display the count figures if required.

Westcotec looks to use innovative solutions such as thermal imaging to make an installation process streamlined and cost-effective. As the detection is carried out above ground, there is no requirement for digging the road, and when paired with solar power these systems can be completely ‘above ground’.

If you would like to hear more about the use of thermal imaging, or any other VAS products, then please contact Westcotec for free consultation on 01362 853124, or alternatively email [email protected] and a member of the team will be able to assist you with this.


Published 19/08/2020