Eurovia Solutions is exploring ways in which we can harness digital innovation and big data.
Our teams are working to develop new opportunities and embrace innovation through early adoption of new technology, digitising our activities, transforming the customer experience and develop new offers for our customers.
The expedition was organized by Leonard, the VINCI Group’s foresight and innovation hub.
CES – the International Consumer Electronic Show – features products from all facets of tech, including augmented and virtual reality, 3D printing, sensor technologies, autonomous vehicles, 5G communications, artificial intelligence software, drones and robotics. Many of these technologies are here already or are just over the horizon and will bring new opportunities to our UK business.
Among the innovations at the show was AheadM – a safety helmet attachment with Bluetooth functionality that creates an inductive speaker straight to the head, meaning operatives can communicate without removing ear protection.
Also on show was Valeo Xtraview camera system, which makes trailers virtually transparent, meaning the driver doesn’t need a banksman, and a retrofitted stand-alone device fitted to traffic signals, which can detect vulnerable pedestrians and automatically allow them more crossing time.
Yogesh said: “We are not just looking at emerging technologies, but more importantly how we can implement these it to improve our business and create new opportunities. Exhibits ranging from connected and automotive vehicles to exoskeletons that could be used to improve the safety for our workforce carrying out repetitive activities were demonstrated. These are exactly the types of new technology we want to use to improve the services we offer our clients in the coming years.”
We are introducing Augmented Visualisation of Underground Services (AVUS) that allows users to see utilities below ground level as a virtual image on a smartphone or tablet screen held over the ground which helps avoid costly service strikes.
Sébastien Magat, Eurovia UK Business Improvement Manager said:
“AVUS is born as an answer to a real problem: With tens of thousands Utility strikes, how does the industry change to ensure safe working practices?
AVUS mission is therefore to help maintenance and construction crew avoid the occurrence of incidents, third party assets damages, improve efficiency, productivity and reduce the overall presence of crew on the network. At AVUS, we believe in the emergence of a «Google maps» of the underground and exploit the potential of emerging and innovating technologies, such as Augmented Reality to empower workers with “X ray like” ability, allowing them to see buried networks while digging simply by using a smartphone or tablets.”
Yogesh Patel, Group Process and Improvement Director, said: “This is a great example of how the fourth Industrial Revolution can be used to digitise our activities, transform the safe experiences of our employees and stakeholders and create new business opportunities.”
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Eurovia UK’s Business Process Improvement Director, Yogesh Patel, joined a panel of five industry experts including Jaguar Land Rover, Seagate and BAE Systems to discuss the challenges and opportunities of 5G in manufacturing as part of the ‘Made in 5G event’ hosted by the Digital Catapult Group on 2nd July.
Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. It drives the early adoption of digital technologies to make UK businesses more competitive and productive to grow the country’s economy.
The event bought together businesses from across the UK industry to learn of the benefits of 5G to UK manufacturing industry. On display was a live 5G demo showcased by the Digital Catapult’s Future Networks Lab to coincide with the launch of the report ‘Made in 5G’. The event was well attended and included Glen Warner, LINC Technical Director; Jo Saunders, Group Innovations Partner and Mark Boyle, Island Roads Commercial Manager.
Yogesh said: “Whilst 3G and 4G communication was focused on the consumer market, 5G technology is mainly aimed at industry with a wide range of applications and benefits, including for highway construction, maintenance and operations. Eurovia need to be at the forefront of understanding 5G, deploy it on highways and ensuring we derive the maximum benefits from its implementation for our customers and clients.”