VPS launches safety zone system for road workers

VPS Highway Solutions has developed an integrated safety solution for highway maintenance personnel. The system alerts road workers to the danger of an approaching vehicle, using a high-definition camera system mounted on self-powered VPS Smart Towers, and linked wirelessly to sounders fitted on traditional cones.

The solution combines patented technologies that include bi-spectrum thermal and high definition cameras, detection analytics and the ability to include medical alerts via text and email.

Director at VPS, Phil Bunting said: "We're a new generation of entrepreneurs who are investing in rewriting the model for how we travel. As part of VPS' Smartzone Safety System, integrating technologies enables us to deliver a whole raft of intelligent traffic solutions that can help improve transport and safety for everyone. The timing of this launch could not be better, following on from last week's Road Safety Week."

Over 4,000 people work on the construction and repair of highways, often alongside traffic moving at high speeds. According to Highways England, there are nearly 300 incidents or accidents each week. Besides injuries, road workers suffer over one fatality every two weeks from being struck by a moving vehicle.

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