SenseTraffic ICV Maint for Improving Highway and Road Maintenance Operations

Highways and roads are a crucial part of every country’s public infrastructure. Their maintenance currently faces three main challenges. 1) daily road maintenance operations and technical status assessments of highways rely on tacit human experience. 2) inspection and maintenance workers are using portable terminal tools with low levels of intelligence. 3) on-site operations and back-office supervision and management of maintenance operations are inefficient due to slow turnover rates.

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According to the Ministry of Transport, China’s public highways and roads system’s nationwide mileage was 5,198,100 kilometers as of the end of 2020, which is an increase of 185,600 kilometers year-over-year. The mileage considered to be public roads and requiring public sector maintenance is 5,144,400 kilometers, which accounts for about 99% of the total road mileage in the country. Hence, the public sector bears major responsibility for maintaining and expanding infrastructure.

The road surface inspection and maintenance management system are the current mainstream information solution, but heavily relies on maintenance crews and doesn’t fully exploit the value of data collected.

SenseTraffic ICV Maint is SenseTime’s dynamic AI solution with software and hardware components that supports road maintenance operations by offering comprehensive detection capacity for road owners, road operators, and third-party road maintenance companies with an end-to-end cloud architecture.

The data for the roads is collected by a vehicle mounted with edge computing platform. The collected data is transmitted by 4G and 5G networks through SenseTime’s SenseFoundry for processing, but not storage, to (1) produce API to enable the road maintenance defects detection capability, (2) enable the creation of an effective road defects management system, and (3) reliably classify defects detected through data-driven analysis and machine learning.

The analysis can yield a comprehensive typology of road surface defects, including surfaces that are cracked, filled with potholes, have lost structural integrity, have lower layers exposed, have rutting components, or undergoing repair. This efficient solution allows public sector decision-makers to deploy resources quickly to repair highways and roads in a timely manner for public safety and functionality for public good.

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Year: 2021
Level of government: Local government


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