Highways England's Tunnel Detection Testbed, managed and operated by Smart Video & Sensing Limited has now completed its first two phases of equipment evaluation since its 'go live' date in May 2018. The third phase of equipment under test was undertaken during a maintenance closure weekend this month with CCTV equipment from Hanwha Techwin (formerly Samsung) and video incident detection software from Sprinx Technologies (Italy) being installed and commissioned ready for commencing its evaluation in the live tunnel environment.
Phase two equipment was removed over the weekend and will be returned to manufacturers as appropriate.
The testbed has attracted International attention with equipment evaluated to date from Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and the UK. Commenting on the success of the testbed to date Ben Catchesides Project Sponsor for Highways England said " The testbed is an important tool for Highways England. We no longer have to rely upon the performance claims and the sales pitches we receive from manufacturers. It demonstrates to us how the equipment performs in a real environment and under measured conditions. It's this analysis which helps us understand the effectiveness of the equipment and its potential benefit to our roads and tunnel network."
There are 19 test points within the Southwick Hill tunnel which can support any number of technologies which are evaluated against the manufacturers own performance criteria over periods ranging from 3 to 6 months. The testbed programme is a 4 year project with an option to extend this period by demand. Smart Video & Sensing designed and installed the testbed prior to the go live date in collaboration with Highways England and A-one+ who are the tunnel managers.
The testbed is open to manufacturers, developers and educational establishments.
Numerous manufacturers have already expressed interest in presenting their products for future evaluation. The next phases are starting to fill up!
Does your company have equipment for evaluation?
Contact SVS Ltd or Ben Catchesides at Highways England for further information.