Designing Smart Streets

Event Date: 

25th June 2013

Designing Smart Streets

Highways maintenance is a £3.9 billion industry using large IT systems with low-levels of data accessibility, interoperability and innovation.

The Smart Streets Cluster aims to radically change this by fostering a new ecosystem of small and large players around an open hub that aggregates data from an unprecedented consortium of major players, including three of the UK’s largest infrastructure service companies and includes a wide variety of highways assets across the UK.

This workshop will bring together industry leaders CarillionBalfour Beatty and Amey and the small business community to explore how our highways can be digitally enhanced/enabled and, more importantly, what data might that might provide and how a range of stakeholders, particularly smaller businesses, can access the data and make money from it.


Aims of the day

The Smart Streets Cluster is intended to create a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem of small and medium sized businesses accessing IoT platforms to develop novel solutions in the highways sector.

This workshop will introduce attendees to the project, its objectives and in particular, give the opportunity to input ideas and concepts in to a competition process to develop applications in the Highways sector.

Competition prizes are from £1,000 with a total prize bucket of £60,000 available over the life of the project. How the prize money will be divided will be decided by Carillion, Balfour Beatty and Amey depending on the ideas received.

Companies are therefore encouraged to develop ideas prior to attending and engage with the event to gain a clearer view of what is required by the sector and build this into a proposal to be reviewed by the partners.


Example problems of what the apps might look to solve

  • Problem - rain water washes gritting salt off the roads, councils don't know where needs re salting and there is no measure of the impact on the environment.
  • Problem - High temperatures soften tarmac so vehicle use causes rutting in the road surface.
  • Problem - Potholes causing accidents and damage to property which the council have to pay out in claims - sometimes spurious claims
  • Problem - Public not knowing when is the best time to travel to avoid traffic, could any of the information we collect aid in this?
  • Problem - Public often know of Crash/incident hotspots (regular incidents on stretches of roads) and this is not fed back to council or currently unable to be proven.
  • Problem - badly designed roads needing constant maintenance when often re design or re surfacing would be more economical
  • Problem - Asset lifetime/ maintenance is difficult to manage and predict Problem - vehicle weights causing weaknesses to the road surfaces