The European Commission announced today that a Dublin based SME – Reflective Measurement Systems (RMS) – has been awarded almost €1 million in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 2 for their project which tackles the problems of measuring the night visibility (retro reflectivity) of road lines and markers.
The project entitled “The validation, certification and industrial testing of advanced road marking retro reflectance (RL) measuring equipment (RetroTek-M) for the global market (DuaLine)” will develop a new technology The RetroTek-M™ Mobile Retroreflectometer (see image attached) which measures in ‘Real Driving Conditions’ the retro reflectivity (Rl) and night-time visibility of road markings and road studs. The aim is to provide technologically advanced, cost-effective and user-friendly solutions to the problem of maintaining night visibility on highway networks.
Joe Turley CEO of RMS explains “This funding will allow RMS to develop the market disrupting RetroTek Technology and carry out pilot testing with target customers in the road maintenance industry worldwide, prepare & receive product certification & evaluation to industry standards, and evaluate market segments, target customers and choose suitable channel partners for EU & USA markets. It will also allow RMS to accelerate plans to expand into Europe & the USA over the next 2 years”.
RMS currently employs 3 people directly but also work closely with 8 very experienced financial, engineering & computer contractors. They have collaborated with ITB in Blanchardstown in the past and hope to continue to do so as well as looking to collaborate with other Global academia & research institutes. This EU funding will allow RMS Ltd to employ further marketing, sales, technical & engineering people to strengthen their team. They expect to commence pilot & field testing at the end of 2015 with the technology available commercially in 2016.
On hearing the news that their project had been selected for funding, Joe Turley says “We are absolutely delighted to have our proposal for the DuaLine project accepted & it is very gratifying to see that all the hard work in preparing the proposal has paid off. We believe that this technology will revolutionise how road markings will be surveyed in the future as it allow road stakeholders (road authorities, councils, road & marking contractors, toll operators) to survey road networks quickly, economically & safely. This funding will accelerate our plans as we will now have the funding to put in place the resources needed”. Read More