The UK’s first contactless mobile pedestrian system has launched, enabling pedestrians to reduce contact with surfaces that can carry coronavirus.
Developed by SRL, the Wave and Wait sensor can be incorporated into new and existing SRL Pedestrian Portable and Pedestrian Temporary signals, along with those within the company’s Urban64 intelligent traffic light solution, coordinating multi-directional flows of traffic and pedestrians.
Pedestrians are alerted to the contactless option by a sign on the stainless steel touch button; the signals simultaneously retain their push-button functionality for the benefit of visually impaired pedestrians.
Around 70 SRL variable message signs are currently deployed across the UK by local authorities to promote safety and to direct people to Covid-19 testing sites.
Richard Tredwin, CEO of SRL, said: “Throughout the pandemic, SRL has worked hard to help the country to tackle Covid, and Wave and Wait is a game-changer.
“The product has already generated considerable interest, and I am confident that, once we’ve left Covid behind, the market for contactless pedestrian systems will continue due to the heightened global awareness of the importance of hygiene”
Last month, SRL appointed its first group product and compliance manager, in a move designed to support the delivery of further solutions to the traffic management, construction, events and utilities sectors.
It also recently introduced a new 3,000ft2 hire depot in Northampton to its 29-strong distribution network.
In 2003, SRL developed and achieved Type Approval for the UK and Ireland’s first multi-phase temporary traffic and pedestrian system.