Innovative use of technology developed by KaarbonTech is enabling local authorities to keep their community grit bins topped up this winter – whilst reducing their carbon emissions.
Preliminary findings of a survey of English and Welsh highways authorities by the Local Government Association reveal that 79 per cent of councils are using community grit bins to enable members of the public to access road salt.
These findings fit with the feedback being received by KaarbonTech from local authorities.
Highways authorities are looking for innovative ways to manage their costs whilst maintaining or enhancing service delivery to the public. KaarbonTech is focused on developing products that will help local authorities achieve that objective.
Unique KaarbonTech software enables councils to monitor the location, filling and usage of grit bins using iOS and Android smart devices. Carbon emissions are reduced as work can be planned more strategically resulting in lower carbon emissions, lower fuel costs and budget savings.
Wireless handheld devices are used by mobile teams to record bins in need of repair and/or filling before allocating work packages wirelessly to a team in the field. Three key benefits are:
- Field users can easily see the work packages on a map and navigate to each destination.
- One click view of last known grit levels.
- Linking to other works order management and GIS systems to share the inspection details.
Mark Entwistle, Managing Director, said:
“KaarbonTech is already working with Surrey County Council and we are seeing interest from other authorities. This demand for effective data management systems corresponds with the LGA finding that 79 per cent of councils are using community grit bins.
“Our devices and software are easy to use and deployed effectively contribute to lower carbon emissions, lower fuel costs and budget savings for local authorities.”
The traditional shovel partnered with the innovative use of KaarbonTech technology will be helping the people on the move this winter.
Notes to editors
The LGA’s Research and Information team conducted an online survey of all highways authorities in England and Wales who carry out winter weather gritting activities (all councils except districts).
Initial findings from fieldwork which took place between 23 September and 4 November 2013 with an initial response rate of 42 per cent (73 councils) were published on 9th November 2013.
The final report is due to be published at the end of November.
Details of preliminary findings:
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KaarbonTech provides drainage inspection software, flood risk management tools and specialist asset data collection software to the UK market.