SANRAL’s use of cutting-edge technology to make South Africa’s roads safer is increasingly being noticed by industry experts.
In mid-February, SANRAL received the Award for Excellence from the Intelligent Transport Society of SA (ITSSA). The award recognises the innovation behind SANRAL’s Intelligent Transport System project.
It was received on behalf of the agency by Kersen Naidoo, SANRAL’s Eastern Region ITS Project Manager.
The i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition is a well-established event on the transport calendar. It serves as a platform for knowledge sharing and to promote the sustainable deployment of ITS projects.
This year’s conference theme, Future of Public Transport: Go Green – Go Smart, reflects the need to improve transport efficiency, to reduce the carbon footprint of the transport sector and to encourage shifts to other modes of
transport. This theme speaks to the relationship between public transport and intelligent transport systems, specifically.
While SANRAL received the ITSSA Award for Excellence for the Freeway Management System (FMS) in the Western Cape, the submission was also judged for the larger national FMS project, which extends to Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
These projects have had significant impacts on the motoring public by relaying real-time information on the flow of traffic.
“It was a great honour to receive this award on behalf of SANRAL,” Naidoo said.
“Our team of engineers can be proud of the world-class system they have developed and continue to maintain. This is a great example of how infrastructure improves the quality of life of commuters and sustains the economy of the country.”