The DuaLine proposal was submitted under call H2020-IT-1-2015, “Small Business Innovation for Transport”, it fits well with many of the aims of the Council as detailed in the overarching Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (2014-2020) relating to Smart Green and Integrated Transport (ref: 2011/0402(CNS)), which discusses:
- efficient maintenance and inspections systems (4.1.2);
- efficient use and management of surface transport infrastructures (4.1.2);
- the move towards the target of zero fatalities in road transport by 2050 (4.2)
- Europe’s aim of becoming the world leader in efficiency and safety in all modes of transport.(4.3)
The Transport Specific Programme (H2020 Specific Programme: Part III – 4. Smart, green and integrated transport) details the various calls relating to this policy. Whilst the DuaLine project touches on a number of challenges detailed throughout this Programme it is probably best aligned with those laid out in MG8.1-2014 as the RetroTek-M technology will “reduce drastically traffic disruptions of transport flows from inspection and maintenance activities”, by specifically:
Bringing closer to market a new, advanced and flexible, non-intrusive inspection and testing method to measure retro reflectance (RL) of road markings on both sides of the road lane simultaneously (the current industry standard is a single line system).
Further developing a technology that can be deployed quickly and safely leading to fewer, faster, more sustainable and better planned interventions with maximum safety for the workers and other traffic participants – the technology works at normal traffic speeds and does not require lane closures.
Demonstrating & piloting a flexible technology that is designed to be fitted onto any vehicle (eliminating the need for a dedicated vehicle), and easily removed for maintenance. This flexibility and ease of use enables multiple runs which provide “wear” data from which predictive modelling can determine when road markings will need to be reapplied.