You can report accidents and events such as a collision with the parapet or excessive speed of an approaching vehicle to the municipality, but also register the passage of pedestrians along the relevant road, as well as the weather conditions in the area.
To get a little closer to that future in which mobility will be completely connected, that is, cars with the road and vice versa, as well as with other road elements, researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) and the company Metalesa have developed a new intelligent parapet capable of:
identify risk situations and warn users It can also inform the municipality about accidents and events such as a collision with the parapet or excessive speed of an approaching vehicle, as well as register the passage of pedestrians along the relevant road, as well as the weather conditions in the area.
Designed for use on urban and inter-urban roads, although it can be adapted to any environment, it is the market’s first approved parapet with built-in active safety. All
a revolutionary idea ‘made in Spain’
For its development, they designed communication and control software, as well as all the electronics installed in the parapets, equipped with various sensors. They also integrated external visibility, temperature and air quality sensors, plus a radar and thermal camera; With all these elements, risk situations are signaled, of which the road user is alerted by switching on the integrated lighting in the barrier.
“Up to 10 different scenarios and behaviors of the parapets have been defined so that they light up according to each of these risk situations,” he explains.
Francis Blanes, principal investigator of the project. In this way, if, for example, there is a traffic jam on a section entering the city, the parapet lights up and signals the preceding section to warn motorists of this situation and thus facilitate mobility and traffic management.
In addition, this smart parapet can also collect information about, for example, CO2 levels and transmit it, along with the rest of the variables, to a data collection platform hosted in the cloud.
“The idea was that an approved containment system that was always passive would now include smart city accessories, turning it into an active road safety system. This parapet is much more than a safety barrier for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and personal mobility vehicles (VMP),” he explains,
Cesar Valerodirector of digital and technological innovation at Metalesa.
Source: La Verdad
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