First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
ITS start-up Valerann has been given a major innovation award for its road studs product.
Announced in Amsterdam during CES Unveiled, the Valerann Smart Roads System has won the CES 2020 Best of Innovation Award “for outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products”. The company exhibited at the main CES show in Las Vegas this year as part of the UK’s Smart Mobility delegation, and will be back there in January for CES 2020.
Valerann co-founder Michael Vardi said he was “humbled” by the award.
The company’s smart road studs are installed every 10-15m and the information from them – such as the ability to anonymously track how every car is driving, down to the exact in-lane location, in real time – is aggregated and shared via the cloud to road operators and travel apps such as Waze. The idea is that the studs identify potential problems such as congestion and road surface changes, and therefore improve safety and traffic flow.
The product, which has already won several awards, is installed as part of a smart road system installation on the M1 in the UK and with Transurban on the I-95 in Washington, DC.