Highways UK 2019 Starts in

6/7 November 2019, NEC, Birmingham





Pollution Category Shortlist

01Church Hill Solutions

AI system that detects littering from vehicles and supports enforcement

What is your proposal?

LitterCam is a camera-based artificial intelligence platform designed to detect both littering from vehicles and unsecured load offences. It automatically transmits suspected offence footage for human validation and then requests driver details from the DVLA for enforcement and education purposes.

What does it do?

LitterCam works with maintenance teams to identify litter hotspots. It mounts its equipment to existing lamp columns or gantries, or can provide portable solar trailer mounted units if required. The LitterCam platform includes IP camera technology to cost effectively extend the reach of enforcement officers to the highway without the need for additional monitoring resource

How does it meet the challenge?

Once installed valuable insight is provided through the LitterCam reporting suite detailing how litter accumulates on the network over time and the impact of enforcement and educational campaigns. LitterCam can also determine current levels of detritus and where appropriate, clearance tasks can be scheduled or re-prioritised to further reduce pollution and increase efficiency.


Andrew Kemp




02 Pure Air Industries

Technology to actively clean air outdoors

What is your proposal?

40,000 people die every year because of outdoor air pollution in the UK. Pure Air Industries proposes the active cleaning of the air outdoors on highways and other roads, with a special focus on and around blackspot in cities.

What does it do?

The basic premise of the idea is that instead of managing pollution, why not clean it. Exhaust fumes are hotter than the surrounding air and rise. Patent-pending units and technology capture and clean the air from particulate matter and NOx, O3, CO2, CO, etc. and they are conveniently placed on light posts just by the road. This means we are able to grab pollutants close to the source and before they get diluted further.

How does it meet the challenge?

We generate clean air for road users and can monitor and alert if pollution levels become unsafe. Our units have an advanced sensing system built-in that generates accurate hyperlocal data. That means the system can respond rapidly when the air quality worsens by increasing the power to increase the amount of air that is cleaned each hour. We can also predict when these events are likely to happen so that we can adjust power beforehand.


Isaac Ramonet



03 Tangent Energy Systems

Reducing the use of on-site diesel generators

What is your proposal?

Tangent Energy's site energy storage systems automatically manages available power sources such as diesel generators, PV, wind, or the grid and stores the electricity in a battery which it dispatches in a controllable manner. The result is a typical site generator is switched off for over 60% of the week. The system also provides air pollution monitoring to report on CO2, NOx, PM, fuel and energy consumption.  

What does it do?

The system powers the site from its batteries. When the batteries are low the system automatically runs the diesel generator to recharge itself. The loads are prioritized and selectively switched on and off to achieve the most efficient load profile. All the data is visible in the web platform.

How does it meet the challenge?

The purpose of the system is to reduce emissions from burning fossil fuels. It provides users with the means to make immediate change and it presents the data showing the underlying issues which gives users evidence to support making further changes and developing a better energy strategy by using appropriately sized appliances and reducing generator sizes to appropriate levels. Reporting and comparing air pollution at every site identifies the range between best and worst cases and focusses attention to where improvements are needed. The system provides a cost-effective energy technology strategy and roadmap towards a zero-carbon future.  

Tangent Energy Systems




04 Off Grid Energy

Reducing the use of on-site diesel generators

What is your proposal?

gridtogo is a ruggedised, smart energy storage solution, suitable for a range of applications that include being a hybrid power generation system for construction, or a means to support limited grid power supply for EV charging. It achieves substantial cost savings whilst also having significant positive environmental impact.

What does it do?

gridtogo controls a diesel generator, turning it on and off, and making it work most efficiently. It uses energy stored in the battery for clean, consistent power supply. It can also be used to boost the capacity of a limited grid connection, eliminating the need for a generator altogether.  

How does it meet the challenge?

Thousands of diesel generators run 24/7 in the construction, maintenance and operation of our highways, that create noise, pollution and cost money to run. They often do little or no work running needlessly. By turning these generators into hybrid power systems, gridtogo™ has huge impact on efficiency saving fuel and money. Less fuel burned means less CO2; more efficient combustion means less pollution and turning the generator off for long periods means no noise. In some cases, where limited capacity grid power is available, gridtogo™ eliminates the need for a generator altogether. Save money and the environment!

Danny Jones




05 Atmo Technology

Benchmarking and analytics tool for on-site air quality and noise pollution sources

What is your proposal?

Atmo Technology is an environmental data company. We gather air quality and noise data using our own internet of things sensors, then process and visualise data using our cloud servers and portal. We link sources of pollution to levels on site at particular times of day and in certain areas of the site. Our service enables government and companies alike to benchmark air quality, noise and exposure to staff in one place.

What does it do?

We enable data-driven decision making by tracking the changes in a site's environment over time as well as the effect control measures are having. Our portal and software allow for benchmarking and data analytics for different areas and different times. In addition to tracking air/noise performance over time, our sensors can give values of personal exposure to workers who may be present in the area, ie during construction and maintenance of roads and buildings

How does it meet the challenge?

Companies, government and other organisations all have duties and obligations to their staff and the environment in which they operate. For example, Government and Councils need to monitor NO2, particulates and noise; and obligations to Environment Agency ensure that particulates and noise don't adversely affect nearby residents or the local environment.

Guy Barkley 




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