On the 7th May we were invited to attend an event at the London Stadium, organised by Ordnance Survey (OS) and Mobileye. Both organisations are working together to create the first detailed roadside infrastructure dataset of Britain for a new, accurate and customisable location information service.
To support the trials, Northumbrian Water Group has become the first utility company in the UK to join the project. The new service will deliver high-precision roadside asset location data to companies across multiple sectors.
Fleets of vans and cars fitted with camera-based mapping technology are set to capture a street-level (worms-eye) view of the nation’s road network. The level of detail recognised and classified include road markings, network boxes, traffic lights, road signs, lamp and telegraph posts, bollards, manhole covers, and drainage grates. The data is updated constantly as vehicles capture information on the roads they travel.
Initially tested in selected areas of the country, the trials included London, Manchester and the North East. The trials are already helping produce a dataset of Britain’s road network characteristics and street furniture at an unprecedented level of accuracy. The trials will lay the groundwork for new data and infrastructure asset monitoring services for customers across many markets, ranging from the energy and infrastructure sectors to emerging tech markets including Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and 5G.
Clive Surman-Wells, Northumbrian Water Group Operations Solutions Manager, added: “We’re really excited and proud to be the first utility company to have the opportunity to try this new technology. There are so many benefits that have the potential to really change the game when it comes to helping manage our networks and keep our customers’ water flowing.”
Full feature in the next issue of Utility Fleet Magazine - out next month.