DRUM has been recognized as an innovation that has changed the way agencies manage construction zones.

July 11, 2013

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM—The oldest deployments of SmartSensor HD in the UK are celebrating six years of active duty on British roadways. Since 2007, the Dynamic Roadspace Utilization Manager, or DRUM, has kept traffic moving smoothly during road construction projects, allowing workers to complete many projects ahead of schedule and under budget.

The DRUM system consists of portable, solar-powered trailers equipped with SmartSensor HD. The sensors feed real-time traffic data to software created by the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory, which compares the data with historical information to identify times when lane closures will cause the least amount of congestion. The system is able to predict optimal road work configurations and allows lane closures to begin earlier and finish later depending on conditions. This reduces traffic congestion through work zones and enables crews to complete projects more efficiently; it is also more cost-effective for contractors and more reliable for motorists.

DRUM has been recognized as an innovation that has changed the way agencies manage construction zones. In 2009, DRUM received the Highway Industry Product of the Year award at Highways Magazine’s annual Excellence Awards ceremony; it was also awarded first prize in an internal competition sponsored by the Highways Agency.