Suffolk Trial IoT for Motoring
Suffolk set to trial new surface materials and other innovative designs on roads.
22:07 04 February 2019
Suffolk County Council will be using the £4.41million funding from the Department for Transport to trial “future infrastructure for a range of services” including the rollout of 5G, electric charging points, and smart traffic and weather monitoring.
The council confirmed it will trial road sensors to see which work best in various conditions and adapt ports suitable for charging electric cars. The sensors could be used to collect data on air quality and road surface temperature, as well as ANPR, CCTV, drainage, gritters and gulleys.
Suffolk County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for highways, transport and rural affairs, Mary Evans, also tweeted: “Very proud to be part of the SCC team which won the award in a Dragons’ Den-style contest.
“The adaptive street light technology will bring all sorts of benefits from helping us to keep vulnerable people safe and being more efficient on gritting and gully cleaning to providing 5G.”
Commenting on the multi-million pound investment, transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “Today’s trials will see how new technologies work in the real world to ensure our roads are built for the 21st century.”