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South African Stud - Intelligent road studs cut accidents on the R66. 6/4/04
The notoriously dangerous R66 in South Africa's Kwa Zulu Natal province has seen a remarkable turnaround in its levels of safety, thanks to the deployment of solar-powered lane markings.

Known for its appalling safety record involving 27 fatalities and 88 serious injuries in the 12 months immediately prior to the fitting of the solar studs, the KSI (killed or seriously injured) rate dropped to nil in the succeeding year with only three minor injuries reported. The government of Kwa Zulu Natal has now signed a contract for a further 12,000 studs, covering an additional 68 Km of the same road. The solar-powered studs from British company, Astucia, are only one of a range of intelligent road markings on offer from the company.

In a separate contract, Astucia is about to complete the installation of a hazard and incident warning system along 3 Km of the M8 motorway in Scotland. The system is based around a series of studs that detect the presence and speed of vehicles travelling overhead. When an incident results in a significant reduction in the speed of the traffic or the carriageway becomes blocked, the detector stud will communicate with a line of illuminated studs at the side of the road which will flash as a warning to upcoming vehicles.

"We began installing the system in November last year," said Sandy Callander, Sales Director for Astucia, "and expect to have completed the work in April 2004. This will be a 12 month trial being conducted on behalf of the Scottish Executive with a view to expanding the system to the rest of the motorway network."

The company used the InterTraffic show in Amsterdam to announce the launch of its latest product - an in-road ANPR camera linked to an LED sign at the side of the carriageway indicating the speed of the vehicle and providing the driver with an initial warning.

For further information contact:
Sandy Callander, Sales Director, Astucia, 2, Kings Hill Ave, King's Hill, West Malling, Kent, ME19 4AW, England. Tel: #44 1732 878700, E-mail:
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