When it comes to digital technologies, the paradigm keeps on shifting from form to another and in the process affect our lives as far as our interaction with institutions and businesses is concerned. It has apparently been proven broader, and deeper digital innovation can bring about a groundbreaking outcome across the local, statewide highways systems. It is for this reason that concerned authorities at the local level should strive to stay in sync with time by being proactive to the game-changing digital innovation being applied to the strategic road network. ADEPT in its report on the route to the national highways of the future, has touched on issues as follows.
The report advocates that digital innovation promises to improve and enhance network and traffic management, highway assets and user experience while warning about the possibility of local networks being left behind as other places continue to enjoy the benefits of increased innovative activities. According to the report, there should be a movement from the above approach of innovation that is piecemeal and opportunistic to a more structured one where local partners and councils should come up with a holistic system that allows for sharing of knowledge and scaling up.
The report further argues that the fruition of the digitally enabled highways is integral to both the future of general management of highway assets and as a catalyst to the success of the country’s economy. However, as the state plans and strategic projections for technologies like real-time user information and smart motorways contained on the strategic road network and major road network, they do not provide for the implementation of these digital innovations outside the networks.
The purpose of the report is to assist those who bear the responsibility to find answers to this challenge. It has shown that significant innovation is being tested in some towns and communities with a huge private, public and non-governmental need for smart city audit and applications. It further adds nevertheless that plans for replicating and scaling up for continuous knowledge sharing from organizations such as Highways England and Transport for London are deeply under established and still immature.
There is a number of recommendations detailed by the report to enhance cooperation, and the transfer of knowledge, which it insists will expedite cultural transformation from highway engineering to a place-based mobility and smart place outcomes. These include setting up knowledge and information hub sponsoring the production of a series of outstanding practices or how to guides and tool kits. Also, two proposals to offer instances of innovation at scale. One would be a retrofit maintenance demonstrator at scale and the other one a Garden Towns digital infrastructure podium to try advanced highways infrastructure into new homesteads.
The report looked into how digital innovation could be harnessed to deal with these challenges and bring about a sturdy alignment between highways, housing supply, cleaner air, business growth and clean environment necessary for the coming years. It provides an outline to accelerating local digital innovation, relentlessly and robustly by sharing outstanding practices and showing how innovation can be delivered at scale.