KaarbonTech has been announced as the winner of the 2014 Association of Geographic Information (AGI) award for Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit.
The company develops software that is used for highways drainage inspection and flood risk management. The software uses Ordnance Survey GIS data for accuracy and enables users to record and access data using handheld Android and iOS devices.
The Award recognised the reduced flood risk, cost and efficiency savings achieved by Walsall Council as a result of using the ‘Gully SMART’ software.
“We are delighted to be named as winners of this prestigious award,” said Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech. “We are proud to see our innovative ‘Gully SMART’ software being acknowledged for the results that it is delivering for our customers.”
The advanced design of ‘Gully SMART’ enables highways teams to combine the use of geographic location data with environmental data sets – such as flood zones – and to put in place proactive management strategies.
Planned cyclical maintenance programmes are reducing the risk of properties flooding in periods of heavy rainfall. Improved highways drainage is increasing safety of all road users and reducing risk of accidents caused by water on the road.
The award judges recognised that ‘Gully SMART’ also delivered improvements in work productivity. On an average working day of 8 hours teams can complete 9 emergency gully clean outs. However, proactive planned cyclical cleaning using the ‘Gully SMART’ system enables 145 cleans to be completed within the same working day.
The company is building on its success with more local authorities in the process of adopting the ‘Gully SMART’ system.
Notes to Editors:
The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) aims to maximise the use of geographic information (GI) for the benefit of the citizen, good governance and commerce
The Best Use of Geospatial for Business Benefit category recognised outstanding achievement in the use of geospatial technology, particularly those that have had positive impact on business processes or practices (Business As Usual – BAU) and can demonstrate significant return on investment (RoI). The winners were announced at an awards ceremony held at Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwickshire on Thursday 13th November.
KaarbonTech delivers innovative software solutions that enable local authorities to manage their highways assets in a strategic and proactive manner.
A short film showing ‘Gully SMART’ in use in Walsall can be viewed via this link to You Tube:
In addition to Walsall other local authority customers include Surrey, Norfolk, Croydon, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
Photograph: from left to right Peter Haar, Ordnance Survey (Award sponsor)
Mark Entwistle, Managing Director of KaarbonTech
Nick Austin, Deloitte (Judge)
Professor Iain Stewart (Compere)
Posted: 19th November 2o14