Projects that reduce the chance of being caught at a red light, improve the use of kerbspace in busy cities and make motorways safer are among the winners of the prestigious ITS (UK) Awards 2018.
At a ceremony hosted by the Society’s President, Steven Norris, two professionals at different stages of their careers were also recognised – one for an outstanding contribution to the industry and the other as young professional of the year.
The Forward Thinking award went for a stopped vehicle detection scheme on the M25. The project is a collaboration by a number of companies including SNC Lavalin business Atkins, Dynniq, Cubic Transportation Systems, Highways England, Jackson-Civils, Navtech Radar and Connect Plus Services. It reduces the risks posed by stranded vehicles stopping in a live lane and being hit and provides the opportunity for safety measures such as Variable Message Signs and Speed Limits and Red X warnings to be activated far quicker.
The Project of the Year award collected by Birmingham City Council goes to West Midlands Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory scheme which was introduced on the A45 Coventry Road and provides information about current and predicted signal stage used to help drivers manage their speed on the approach to signals. The project shows a 10-14% reduction in stop starts over the 6km testing route with 10 junctions and a consequent reduction of 5-7% in journey times for the test vehicles.
Grid Smarter Cities’ Kerb app won Innovative App of the year, a new category being awarded for the first time. The solution has the ability to dramatically benefit urban transport, reducing congestion and improving operating efficiency by allowing vehicle operators to book park/load-unload spaces on the kerbside on previously unavailable space in high-density, urban areas. It can be used by the freight industry but also by coaches, electric vehicles in charging bays and maintenance and servicing vehicles.
The evening saluted the industry’s Young Professional of the Year, Samuel Brierley from Dynniq who has become a pivotal part of the company’s new consulting department in the five years since he joined from university, where he had completed a Master’s in Chemistry. He is now International Product Manager for Air Quality Management, managing the developments of the Virtual Emssions Monitor 2.0 to its clients in Finland and the Netherlands. He’s also looking at how AI and Machine Learning can help in predicting and automating the optimisation of traffic lights.
Finally, the coveted Rees Hills Award for Outstanding Personal Contribution goes to Richard Gibson of IDT Limited for his role in an SME for the last 25 years. He was recognised for always “delivering new ideas and value far bigger than his company IDT really ought to be capable of.” He has been involved in innovations for equipment but also leading the development of UTMC and the recent CROCS project which will help ensure UK traffic control operations can meet the needs of connected vehicles without wholesale change. He was also recognised for his support of ITS (UK) and his mentoring and advice.
ITS (UK) President Steven Norris, who presented the awards, commented, “Once again the best of UK ITS has been on show at our awards. These winners demonstrate the real difference ITS is making on our transport network, improving air quality, road safety and reducing congestion. Congratulations also to our two individual winners, both well deserving.”
The picture shows four of the winners present on the night. They are, L-R – Dr Paraskevi Michalaki of Highways England, Steven Norris, Julian Wrigley of Grid Smarter Cities, Andrew Radford from Birmingham City Council and Samuel Brierley of Dynniq.
The full citations are as follows:
ITS (UK) 2018 Awards
- Forward Thinking Award
Stopped Vehicle Detection System on the M25
SNC Lavalin Atkins, Jackson-Civils, Navtech Radar, Dynniq, CUBIC, Highways England and Connect Plus Services
The Stopped Vehicle Detection (SVD) Radar system, developed by the UK company Navtech Radar, is a new technology on UK motorways supporting HE’s Smart Motorway schemes.
SVD is an innovative safety measure that reduces the risks posed by stranded vehicles stopping in a live lane and being hit.
Since concept development, two All Lane Running sections of the M25 have been equipped with SVD radars: an initial trial between J5-6 and a more extensive pilot scheme recently installed between J23-27.
Evaluations show that the SVD Radar system provides the opportunity for safety measures such as message signs, speed limits and motorway signal lane closures (red X) to be activated much faster than via other means.
- Project of the Year Award
West Midlands GLOSA (Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory) project
The project provides an operational implementation of GLOSA technology on the A45 Coventry Road in the West Midlands. This technology provides information about the current and predicted traffic signal stage (red, amber, green etc), which is used to provide drivers with speed advice information that reduces the level of stop-start at traffic signals i.e. on approach to signals a recommended speed is shown to the driver on the dashboard.
The project provides the required data to enable the service via a public web API available to all developers / OEM’s etc. The project also developed an open source mobile phone application that demonstrates the capabilities.
The project shows a 10-14% reduction in stop starts over the 6km testing route with 10 junctions and a consequent reduction of 5-7% in journey times for the test vehicles. Drivers also report significant levels of satisfaction with the speed advice provided.
- Innovative App of the Year (new category)
Goes to: Kerb – Intelligent Kerbside Management from Grid Smarter Cities
Grid Smarter Cities’ Kerb app has the ability to dramatically benefit urban transportation, reducing congestion and pollution and improving operating efficiency.
Kerb is a patented Real Time Dynamic, Intelligent Kerbside Management Solution for Cities.
Kerb allows commercial vehicle operators to opt to book and pay to park/load unload on previously unavailable kerb space in high density, urban areas or to extend loading periods in time restricted locations.
The cloud-based app is fully adaptable and scalable for cities without the need for expensive infrastructure and easily accessed on smartphones, tablets and PCs. Cities can simply opt-in and make locations available for operators. Kerb is also not just for freight. It can be used for coaches, electric vehicle charging bays, maintenance and servicing vehicles, skips, scaffolding and so on.
- Young Professional of the Year
Goes to: Samuel Brierley of Dynniq
Sam joined the ITS industry in 2013, having just finished his Master’s degree in Chemistry. He soon became a pivotal part of a new consulting department within Dynniq (then Peek) and it was immediately clear that the ITS industry would benefit from his tenacity for the subject.
Today Sam is the International Product Manager for Air Quality Management within the Dynniq Group and manages the agile developments of the Virtual Emissions Monitor 2.0 to its clients in Finland and the Netherlands. Sam is currently investigating how AI and Machine Learning can help in predicting and automating the optimisation of traffic signal plans.
Sam has been earmarked for the Dynniq Talent Programme which aims to accelerate the progression of those that have the potential to lead.
- Rees Hills Award for Outstanding Personal Contribution
Goes to: Richard Gibson of IDT Ltd
Richard has been the shining example of a Small and Medium Enterprise for 25 years, always delivering new ideas and value far bigger than his company IDT really ought to be capable of. He has been involved not just in innovations for equipment, but also conceptual thinking. He was a leading light in the development of UTMC and recently led the CROCS project, which will help ensure UK traffic control operations can evolve to meet connected vehicles without wholesale change. This was a need no-one else had spotted.
But Richard is much more than a technology guy. His support for ITS (UK) has been highly valued. He brings new people into the ITS world, and mentors and advises older statesmen too. He has a rare talent of stripping a complicated problem to its bare bones and explaining it to a non technical audience.
He is known internationally, representing the UK as an ambassador on the global stage, but equally regarded by practitioners in UK government (central and local), his clients in larger integrators, consultants and even his competitors. All trust his judgement and insight, and many trust his products.
It’s time someone who designs and makes the stuff ITS needs them won this award!