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New data software saves council £50k across winter months

  • Grit bin management has traditionally been complex and costly. Using Ordnance Survey and local authority data, KaarbonTech has developed a system that reduces wastage and minimises the risk of a claim against the council.

    Tony Casey, Highways Maintenance Team Leader

Effective winter planning is essential for highways authorities. Surrey County Council looks after 1800 grit bins across its network. Using Ordnance Survey data, one company has delivered a high-tech solution which has saved the Council money and improved the grit bin provision for residents.

The challenges

  • Identify time efficient methods of tracking usage and physical condition of 1800 grit bins across network.
  • Identify areas of priority for siting bins.
  • Be prepared for hazardous conditions in winter.
  • Meet public’s expectations during times of budget constraint and keep them mobile in severe weather.
  • Make paths, roads and driveways safer.

The answer

A new digital software system developed by KaarbonTech, a partner organisation of Ordnance Survey.

It combines asset management with automated referencing to graphic information. Laid over an OS MasterMap and/or aerial imaging, the software enables the Highways Maintenance Team to monitor the location, filling and usage of grit bins using Android smart devices. Wireless handheld devices capture data using voice, video and photo, while GIS and GPS ensures accuracy of location. The system has the capability to link with other geographic data.

The results

  • Inspection details shared immediately.
  • Analysis incorporated into future years planning.
  • Complete inspection history of assets across network downloaded within 30 seconds.
  • Valuable staff time and fuel costs saved.
  • Carbon emissions reduced.
  • Improved service for residents.
  • A saving of £50,000 between August and December 2013 for Surrey County Council.
  • Ongoing savings into winter 2014/15.

The products used

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