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Observations, news and opinion on all aspects of the industry, straight from the keyboards of us here at Clearview Intelligence.

The changing (virtual) reality of driver expectations

April 11th 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Journey Time Monitoring

For drivers too young to remember life before Sat Navs and Google Maps, planning a cross country journey involved studying maps, confirming the route with friends and if all else failed, stopping to ask directions.

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Why short-term funding creates long term costs

March 28th 2019 / Jemma C/ Links: Route Safety

With the battle of Brexit still dominating the headlines, one of the biggest revisions to local government funding is about to creep into action. Effective from the 2019/ 2020 financial year, the Government will withdraw its Revenue Support Grant for local authorities and instead replace it with greater business rates retention.

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Comparing inductive loops and wireless magnetometers for traffic signal control

March 21st 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Network Management Wireless Vehicle Detection

The inductive loop has become so integral to the management of traffic signals that many of us working in the highways industry may simply assume it’s the right solution to provide the vehicle detection needed for the traffic signal control systems VA, MOVA and SCOOT. Yet, having been introduced in the early 1960s technology has moved on and alternatives have been developed that provide options for a traffic signal engineer.

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

March 7th 2019 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety Ramp Metering MIDAS 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 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety Ramp Metering MIDAS 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 / Michelle C/ Links: Route Safety Ramp Metering MIDAS News / Commentary

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 / Michelle C/ 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 / Jemma C/ Links: Route 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 / Jemma C/ 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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