A community is recovered from being isolated to a highly connected and time-saving network through road infrastructure. The failure of critical transportation infrastructure can lead to political, economic and social drawbacks due to improper maintenance and unplanned scheduling of road transportation overhaul services. This is where the use of CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) and Laser Technologies is no longer a technology luxury but an indispensable technological advancement for most transportation service enablers.
Today we will be discussing how road infrastructure managers use CCTV and Laser technologies to cut down the prolonged inspection processes and all the benefits the transportation municipal utility stakeholder can foster.
Traditional Road Inspection Method and Drawbacks
- Ensuring there is a smooth, convenient, safe and efficient travel experience for road users along the end to endpoints of the routes.
- Preserving the originally constructed conditional and structural conditions of road assets (sidewalks, bridges, highways, culverts, pavements, highway terminals, road furniture and more).
- Protecting the adjacent resources of the roads and the safety of the user (i.e. in case of a natural disaster, the road users must be warned, and risk mitigation plans must be implemented promptly).
Employment of CCTV and Laser Technologies by Road Asset Managers
The video footage and the motion and activity of road damages picked up by the laser technologies can then be uploaded to a cloud platform where anyone can access using secured access points. The threats and risks of road assets’ structural and conditional formation can be analysed and graded according to their criticalities for further analytical purposes.
The video data is later fed into video content analytics software where the trained AI and ML models will analyse the depth and integrate insights to interactive visualisation tools like digital twins, GIS layers, smart dashboards and more. The actionable insights can later be used by predictive and prescriptive analytics tools to predict what are:
- Roads that are frequently used by the public
- Roads that need more precise surveillance
- Roads that require prompt maintenance services
- The disaster-prone areas of road infrastructure
- Which roads wane or deteriorate faster and more
- Drainage System Maintenance
- Insight for Emergency Storm or Landslide Response
- Road Abandonment and Reclamation
- Road Surface Maintenance
Advantages of CCTV and Laser Technology
- Narrow does months of inspection time to a few hours or minutes; as the inspection processes will be handled by automated algorithms, it would not take long to get a comprehensive report on asset conditions (i.e. pavement condition index, surface condition index, pothole diameters, crack lengths, roughness index and more)
- Save hoards of money and a lot of time by overlooking negligible and snail-like processes in the traditional transportation asset diagnosing methods
- The CCTV and laser technologies help the analysts to create quick overviews for decision-makers to understand the for decision-makers to schedule maintenance dispatches, financial fund acquisition, public caution units, risk mitigation planning and more.
- The road asset managers who use this technology can build comprehensive and interactive GIS layers that allow easy visualisation of road asset events.
- When combined with simulation technology, users can derive event-driven insights by understanding the response of road assets in different probable events (based on road use, storm impacts, landslide effects, environmental changes, demographic impacts, and more). This allows point-based insights; in other words, they get the advantages of analysing any location of the massive road infrastructures of any simulated event.
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Economic Benefits: Culture the urban connections, boost the economic productivity, promote the tourism industry, Increase the land value of adjacent lands.
Environmental Benefits: Enable cleaner environment and mitigate climatic changes (controlling emission rates)
Social Benefits: Enable prompt and reliable healthcare services and provide access to vital services for ageing populations of communities