Gary McDonald Enterprise Editor
06 November, 2023 01:00
TRANSPORT know-how scale-up VivaCity, which is remodeling cities into smarter and extra environment friendly locations to reside and work, is increasing into Northern Eire and the Republic in a bid to remodel transport infrastructure throughout the areas.
Irish cities and cities are on a mission to spice up highway security and promote energetic journey. To attain this, they’re turning to VivaCity, which at the moment works with greater than 100 native authorities throughout the UK.
The VivaCity sensors collect extremely correct, nameless, multimodal highway use knowledge on site visitors circulate, journey patterns and behaviours.
Along with site visitors monitoring, VivaCity’s product providing in Eire contains Close to Miss and Sensible Sign Management know-how for proactive highway security administration and community optimisation.
The official launch comes after VivaCity’s latest undertaking with Infrastructure Northern Eire, which marks the primary sensible sign management undertaking available in the market and can assist to forestall future incidents by making crossings safer for weak highway customers.
That is one thing which is especially prevalent with Stormont’s Division for Infrastructure, which reported a ten% improve in highway fatalities in comparison with 2021.
Equally, within the Republic, Dublin noticed highway deaths rising by 13% in 2022 in comparison with 2021, with a 100% improve within the variety of pedestrians killed.
The necessity for extra holistic highway security knowledge has been raised within the Irish Occasions, with Dublin Metropolis Council having a big dedication to energetic journey.
VivaCity’s near-miss know-how will allow native authorities within the area to establish incidents that would have occurred however did not, and the foundation reason behind harmful interactions.
Mixed with velocity, tracks and the total sensible site visitors monitoring suite, this dataset will permit strategic planning and implementation of life-saving schemes and initiatives.
Mark Nicholson, chief govt and co-founder at VivaCity, stated: “We’re excited to collaborate with Irish authorities and contribute in direction of fixing a few of their greatest transport challenges.
“Eire reveals a robust urge for food for sustainable highway security, which is supported with a big energetic journey fund prepared for authorities to ultise.
“With a transparent hole in correct knowledge insights obtainable to help determination making on the way forward for Eire’s roads, we’re wanting ahead to seeing the constructive influence that our know-how could have.”
Greater than 200 individuals have died on roads throughout the island of Eire already this 12 months, official figures from each side of the border have proven.
In Northern Eire, PSNI figures recorded 49 deaths by October 10 after motorcyclist Ciaran Hurl (26) died after a crash with a lorry in Toomebridge.
This additionally meant that 18 extra individuals had died on the north’s roads than the identical time final 12 months, with 28 by August 16 in 2022 and 27 by the identical date in 2021.
Within the Republic, the degrees had reached 145 by August following the loss of life of 4 younger individuals, together with two siblings, in Co Tipperary.
Certainly Eire’s Highway Security Authority had already warned that the 2023 figures for January to July had been the best for six years, projecting there could possibly be 168 deaths within the Republic by the tip of this 12 months.
VivaCity’s synthetic intelligence (AI) sensors collect correct, detailed and nameless knowledge 24/7 on transport modes, site visitors circulate and journey patterns, supporting strategic selections to assist optimise the transport community and enhance city infrastructure.
Cities have to harness know-how that gives complete, high-quality insights, particularly in relation to roads and public areas.
When investing in initiatives to help sustainable journey, highway security and habitable neighbourhoods, this knowledge is invaluable, enabling extra environment friendly planning, influence monitoring and evaluation of a scheme’s success.