Driving innovation in the roads sector

ITSReviewAnnual2015

Driving innovation Innovation has a key role to play in providing and maintaining smarter, more efficient roads more cheaply. Innovation is not just about technology it extends to: • More intelligent design and procurement of infrastructure; • Building intelligence into infrastructure; • Obtaining more and better information from the operation of the network; • Intelligent management/ 50 ITS REVIEW Annual Review 2015 in the roads sector use of infrastructure. Whilst innovation is taking place in the roads sector, the pace of innovation is relatively slow. One reason for this is the sector has not been effective at communicating the sector’s mega-challenges to those who could develop innovation to address them. Rather the sector is very hierarchical, with roads authorities typically only engaged with their largest suppliers. This makes it difficult for smaller organisations (including many of those involved in intelligent transport systems) and those outside the sector to understand what the challenges are and the opportunities to bring new thinking to the table. In 2014, PA held the first Roads Innovation Forum. We welcomed over 50 senior representatives from across the roads sector, including highways authorities, managing agents responsible for roads infrastructure and the wider supply chain. As a Most roads authorities in the UK and their suppliers face a significant challenge – to deliver more sophisticated roads infrastructure safely, more quickly and more cheaply. Further, road users and motor manufacturers have increasing expectations – they want to use new technologies, they want more granular information on the status of the network to inform route choice and they want greater inter-connectivity. For most highways authorities and their supply chains “more of the same” is no longer sufficient. Charlie Henderson, Managing Consultant, PA Consulting Group  Figure 1: PA’s innovation performance scorecard framework Market insights Commied leadership Clear strategy Having the right people with the right skills Innovative culture Competitive technologies Eective processes Supportive systems Managed projects


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