6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Business & Professional Life today CLICK HERE

Coming soon to a motorway near you

PUBLISHED: 12:22 21 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:28 21 January 2014

Clearview Traffic Group with Oxford Brookes University are developing the 'catseye' of the future

Clearview Traffic Group with Oxford Brookes University are developing the 'catseye' of the future


Clearview Traffic Group of Bicester in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Oxford Brookes University are Developing the ‘catseye’ of the future

Road studs of the future that will communicate in a life-saving, intelligent system are being developed by Clearview Traffic Group of Bicester in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Oxford Brookes University. Advanced wireless communications with solar power will deliver real-time information to improve traffic management and road safety. Clearview Traffic already produces an LED road stud which harvests sunlight and reflects it back at night to produce a much brighter and safer delineation of lanes. It has been used in many countries and has significantly reduced the occurrence of road accidents. The project will use Oxford Brookes’ expertise in robust wireless communications to develop a new system that can function with the low power budget available and in the harsh conditions on the surface of major roads.

Dr Shumao Ou and Dr Peter Ball from the Computing and Communication Technologies Department are leading the university’s input to the two-year project. They outline it for Brookes Connect:

‘One of the Clearview Traffic products is a solar powered, light emitting road stud that provides improved lane delineation. Look out for them when you next drive along a motorway – you will notice them as they shine brightly well ahead of regular studs which rely on the reflection from vehicle headlights. The aim of this project is to design and develop next-generation intelligent studs. These will include wireless transceivers that will allow them to ‘talk’ to each other, so that information from sensors built in can be passed along the road and then to a roadside controller. The objective is for the upstream link to inform a controller about road conditions and real time traffic flow, and the downstream link to enable the stud lighting to be controlled to adjust lane markings and manage flow. The ultimate goal is to be able to use the information from the sensors to give motorists advance warning of adverse conditions.

Wireless communication avoids the cost and the potential damage to the surface associated with feeding wires under the road. However, this is a challenging environment for radio because the radio path will be obstructed by the ground and passing vehicles. Moreover, the energy available for communication and lighting is restricted to the amount that can be harvested from the solar cells, and must operate throughout the year even when the amount of daylight is limited.’

The partners have recently recruited Vlad Marsic as KTP Associate to work in the company under supervision from Dr Ou at Oxford Brookes. Vlad comes to the project from Cranfield University where he was a Research Fellow in low power wireless communications.


For more information about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships email KTP for more information: ktp@brookes.ac.uk


More from Cotswold Life

Fri, 16:43

Find a fabulous gift for everyone with Whatley Manor’s monetary vouchers.

Read more
Thu, 14:59

One lucky reader could win a pair of tickets to see Ella Mills, founder of Deliciously Ella, at Calcot Manor as well as two signed copies of ‘The Plant-Based Cookbook’

Read more
Thu, 13:19

Get out and enjoy seasonal celebrations with a Cotswold twist

Read more
Thu, 11:20

People travel from far and wide to visit the Cotswolds at Christmas. We’ve compiled 24 reasons why you should join them.

Read more
Thu, 09:13

Alleviate the stress of hectic Christmas preparation and endless shopping trips with a festive afternoon tea in one of these gorgeous Cotswold settings

Read more
Wed, 10:23

The weekend is fast approaching and for those still deciding how to spend their Friday through to Sunday, we pick 5 of the best ways to spend your weekend in the Cotswolds

Read more

If you’re looking for things to do in the Cotswolds this month, we have gathered plenty of events for you to pop in your diary

Read more
Tue, 13:40

Hundreds of participating National Lottery-funded visitor attractions across the UK are saying ‘thanks’ to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket, including a number of venues in the Cotswolds

Read more
Tue, 11:58

Crispy, frosty days and perhaps even a dusting of snow, winter is a magical time in the Cotswolds. If you’re thinking of tying the knot during this beautiful season in the region, here are six winter wedding ideas to help you start planning your special day

Read more
Tue, 10:28

The hotel in Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire is offering free lunch or afternoon tea for the first ten that book for December 19

Read more
Mon, 12:40

“We’re looking forward to lots of festive fun this Christmas festival and hope to welcome lots of people to our town.”

Read more
Mon, 12:09

A perfect gift where rest and relaxation is required.

Read more
Mon, 11:40

Applications are now open for a new competition that will give people from Gloucestershire the chance to see their food and drink products or ideas appear on supermarket shelves across the county

Read more

Do you remember that glorious childhood feeling of utterly, utterly losing yourself amongst the words of a story? Lucy Mangan certainly does. Katie Jarvis meets her over lunch at Calcot Manor to delve into the little-known stories behind some of our childhood literary favourites

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory A+ Education

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search