Infrastructure Workers Kept Safe by Liverpool Tech
Mobile GIS Services develops technology to help infrastructure workers maintain social distancing while at work.
05:02 21 May 2020
Liverpool-based Mobile GIS Services has developed a technology designed to help critical road, water, gas and electricity workers to ensure that they maintain social distancing while at work. The initiative is a huge step forward in ensuring that the UK's critical infrastructure networks stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
MGISS offers mobile apps using augmented reality technology that helps improve field operations with intelligence on pipes and cables hidden underground. Engineers and other critical workers responding to the defects are able to easily and quickly locate and resolve problems to prevent interruptions to supply efficiently using tools such as Topografi web app. Technologies such as satellite positioning systems and rugged field capture devices, on the other hand, provide accurate data not just with confidence but with social distancing rules as well.
Mike Darracott, founder and managing director of MGISS, said: "Now, more than ever, it is essential that highway and utility infrastructure is well maintained and any issues are dealt with in a timely manner.
"The geospatial community has a role to play supporting those workers that are still out there making sure our transport system continues to operate for essential journals and there is continuity of service in the water, gas and electricity sectors.
"Easy access to usable, accurate and up to date information will help underpin the planning of routine works and the response to emergency call outs while, of course, observing safe working practices."