Friday, October 19, 2018

Highways England Sees Smart Motorways, Roadside Phones and CCTV Get an Update

Results of New English Roads Communications Contract Thus Far Published
Shipping News Feature
UK – Highways England, the body responsible operating, maintaining and improving England's motorways and major A roads, signed a contract this year with technology group telent handing over all future operational National Roads Telecommunications Services (NRTS) in a deal worth £450 million and now the communications specialist has issued a progress update.

The seven-year deal has seen telent take over the current National Roads Telecommunications Service (NRTS) which connects over 30,000 roadside devices such as CCTV cameras and roadside phones to Highways England’s seven regional control centres. The move will support the UK government’s Roads Investment Strategy, which is intended to create free-flowing, smart and sustainable roads.

The network covers over 6,000 kilometres of cabling, 145 transmission stations, more than 10,000 roadside cabinets and 17,000 pieces of telecommunications equipment. The contract also includes a new initiative, a technology transformation programme, which was a fundamental requirement in the Highways England contract. Comprising of 11 technology projects, including the introduction of new wireless and IP CCTV services, new management systems and the next-generation upgrade of all technology.

During the 26-week transition period since the contract commenced on 16 March 2018, telent has set up a 50-company supply chain, a nationwide logistics infrastructure with 240 delivery locations, a 24/7/365 Networks Operations Centre, a new technology development centre, and transferred 39 in-life project schemes, all of which it says has had no impact whatsoever on operational services. Chris Metcalfe, Managing Director for NRTS at telent, commented:

“The digital transformation of England’s motorways and major A roads is finally a reality. We’re dedicated to introducing the next generation of communications technology for drivers, with associated long-term economic benefits for UK PLC. Our foundations are with our people, without whom we wouldn’t be able to continue driving technology innovation. As InfraTech comes of age, introducing a new era of infrastructure development, we look forward to continuing our work with Highways England.”