Professional services company Gaist Solutions Ltd has been commissioned to carry out a three-year programme of carriageway condition assessments in India’s ninth most populous city, in partnership with a local firm.
The work in the city of Pune will be delivered from Gaist's new Indian operations centre in conjunction with local firm Pave Tech Consultants and will use Gaist's video carriageway assessment system.
Steve Birdsall shaking hands with Vikas Thakar, MD of Pave Tech
The full network survey will also be the first to utilise a radical new computer vision system, which will be launched in the UK this April at Traffex, Europe’s biggest dedicated road, traffic, parking and transport event.
Gaist's managing director, Steve Birdsall, said: ‘Gaist is delighted to have been chosen to supply this innovative service to the city of Pune with our partners Pave Tech. Pune is one of the leading Smart Cities and will be a showcase for all the cities of India and we are looking forward to significantly expanding our Indian operation.’
‘We have seen incredible interest in our asset management systems which will enable cities in India to fully understand the investment needs of their networks, allowing them to understand the short-term and long-term financial impact of the rapid urbanisation that all cities across the India are having to deal with.’
As well as being the ninth most populous city in India, Pune is the second largest in the state of Maharashtra.
Gaist were part of the UK trade mission to India in November 2016 headed by prime minister Theresa May and has been selected to be one of only a few Commonwealth Export Champions, starting a worldwide programme of trade missions in Malaysia during the Spring.