The Flemish Roads and Traffic Agency Purchased the ARAN 9000 Data Collection System
The Flemish Government Roads and Traffic Agency’s Department of Road Engineering in Belgium recently purchased Fugro Roadware’s innovative ARAN 9000 data collection system, an upgrade from the previous ARAN 4900 series. The new ARAN 9000 has been retooled to provide an updated platform, which includes 3D pavement measurement of distress detection, asset extraction and the capability for easier operation. These updates support the Flemish Community’s rigorous data collection requirements such as calculating the roughness coefficient in addition to remote access into the ARAN for any trouble-shooting in real-time.
The updated ARAN 9000’s robust platform has been expanded to provide numerous new features including fault tolerant systems, advanced mission management software, a user friendly operating system and increased portability of subsystem components. This investment will allow the Flemish Government to simultaneously and continuously collect pavement condition data and measure the longitudinal and transverse smoothness and texture of the roads to monitor road conditions.
The Flemish Government’s expectations were exceeded by a multifunctional pavement collection vehicle for detecting automatic distress between different surfaces of pavement such as asphalt and concrete, and a single pass for asset extraction with sub-meter accuracy. The ARAN can be used as a profiler, video logger, mobile mapper, or full-scale pavement condition data collection system.
The ARAN 9000 conforms to the European Union CE provision of:
- 73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive of 19 February1973 amended by 2006/95/EC Directive of 12 December 2006
- Safety Testing EN 61010-1:2010 Electrical Equipment for measurements, control, and laboratory use.
- Laser Testing EN 60825-1:2007 Safety of laser products – Part 1: Equipment classification and requirements.
- Risk Assessment ISO 14121-1:2007 Safety of Machinery – Risk Assessment.
Fugro Roadware’s Managing Director, David Lowe commented, “We are very excited to continue supporting the Flemish Government with the assessment and maintenance of their road network. We are pleased that the new ARAN 9000 platform meets all their technical and service requirements. This investment enables them to enhance and continue to contribute their essential role in building and maintaining the public infrastructure that the people of the Flemish Community rely upon each and every day. Fugro Roadware looks forward to continuing our relationship and supporting the Flemish Government with the monitoring and maintaining of their road network.”
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