New Zealand maps perilous sections of its road network

New Zealand maps perilous sections of its road network

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New Zealand, September 26, 2014: An Interpret Geospatial Solutions project commissioned by New Zealand Police has challenged the common myth that speed cameras are simply revenue raisers by using smart mapping technology to determine the nation’s most dangerous speeding black spots.

The $10 million project rigorously audited New Zealand’s entire 130,000 km road network to map out the most perilous sections. More than a million 100 metre sections of road were digitally mapped during the project, before being analysed against road accident data from the past decade. The results of the analysis determined the eventual sites for 56 fixed speed cameras.

Esri Australia Technical Director John Hasthorpe said geographic information system (GIS) technology had a big role to play in the future of road management in Australia. “Using smart mapping technology is a cost-effective way to identify roads which pose a significant risk to drivers – not just through speed but also visibility, road condition and engineering. Once created, these maps provide an important framework to improving the safety of Australia’s road network,” said.

The project also identified where further engineering or community education was needed to assist in making roads safer. “Locations not suitable for fixed speed cameras will be assessed for further road safety initiatives or re-engineering,” said Kurt Janssen of Interpret Geospatial Solutions. He also noted that the technology could also be scaled to map Australia’s significantly larger road network.

Source: Esri Australia