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Reviewing smart motorways part 3: Are there alternatives to smart motorways?

March 7th 2019 / MichelleC-H / Links: News / Commentary

So far in this series, we’ve considered the public sentiment towards smart motorways and their safety record. Now we consider the alternative solutions to the additional capacity we require. We need to address the huge and growing issue of congestion in this country by increasing capacity on the road network. Smart motorway schemes are far less costly than traditional motorway widening schemes so we may need to find a way to make them work.

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Reviewing smart motorways part 2: Are smart motorways safe?

March 7th 2019 / MichelleC-H / Links: News / Commentary

In the first part of our smart motorways series we looked at the different types of smart motorway, why they were introduced and the specific road safety concerns regarding all lane running (ALR) schemes and the dangers they pose to roadside recovery workers. Now we’ll consider the safety record of smart motorways and whether they are more or less safe than a normal motorway.

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Reviewing smart motorways part 1: Do we need to put the brakes on smart motorways?

March 7th 2019 / MichelleC-H / Links: News

Almost all of us use the motorway network as part of our travels across the country and as Smart Motorways are continuing to be rolled out, we are all developing opinions and perhaps some understanding on their positive and negative impacts. In this series of blogs, we explore how ideas on future developments can create a positive outcome in developing the UK’s roads.

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Why your visit to Traffex 2019 won’t be complete without visiting Clearview Intelligence

February 28th 2019 / MichelleC-H / Links: Events

Traffex marks the beginning of this year’s events season for us at Clearview Intelligence. It’s always a fantastic opportunity for us to meet up with industry colleagues old and new to discuss the very latest developments from Clearview and the wider industry. This year we’re looking forward to it even more than usual as we plan to show, not just tell you about our solutions with dedicated product demonstrations on stand B015.

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If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it: why it’s vital to maintain proven road safety measures

February 21st 2019 / JemmaC / Links: Road Safety

The age old saying ‘buy cheap, buy twice’ is often applied to clothing or domestic products. But the same can be said about road safety; by spending more money and investing in a quality solution, this can deliver long term, cost effective benefits.

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Parking solutions; the journey starts – and ends – with Clearview Intelligence

February 14th 2019 / JemmaC / Links: Parking

In theory, there are few concepts as simple as car parking; find a space, park the vehicle and (if required) pay for the time used. And it’s the same for parking management; monitor usage, analyse the data and maximise efficiencies. So, with that in mind, why are so many facilities managers and operators of car parks still failing to make the most of their parking assets?

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The many uses of journey time data

February 7th 2019 / MichelleC-H / Links: Congestion

You can gather journey time data from Bluetooth detectors, ANPR cameras, or it can be crowdsourced. Bluetooth detectors register a MAC address as a driver or passenger with a mobile phone passes a detector; ANPR cameras monitor licence plates; and crowdsourced data is generated by analysing the GPS locations transmitted by mobile phone and satellite navigation systems. The latter is our preferred method of generating journey time data, but why do you need journey time data and what can you use it for?

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When does new technology become part of the mainstream? The downs and ups of wireless vehicle detection

January 31st 2019 / AndrewR / Links: Congestion

Early adopters take the risks of new ideas but see that as a necessary way of keeping ahead of competitors or the marketplace, and they know that where they lead others will soon follow. They also understand that by being ahead of the industry there may be bumps in the road along the adoption cycle as new technology beds in. Every product that involves technology will have unforeseen bugs that need ironing out; even Apple and Samsung sometimes find that being at the cutting edge of their industries comes with some complications. So, when technology comes along that is a disrupter to established ideas scrutiny can be harsh and sometimes even attract defensive and judgmental commentary.

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Breaking the cycle to promote sustainable travel

January 24th 2019 / JemmaC / Links: Cycling

Through its Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy, the Department for Transport has pledged to double the number of bicycle journey stages from 0.8 billion in 2013 to.1.6 billion in 2025. By focusing on improving safety for cyclists, the strategy will unlock the huge health, environmental and economic benefits associated with cycling.

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