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£2.7m from DfT for new tech will help tackle closures after smash-ups

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded 27 police forces across England £2.7m worth of funding for the implementation of 3D laser scanning technology.

The government hopes that the technology will shorten motorway closures after crashes as the scanners will save time by quickly making a 3D image of the whole crash site, rather than investigators having to survey multiple sections of a scene. The digital image of the site can then be viewed on a computer screen remotely allowing investigators to take measurements of where vehicles are in relation to each other and examine important evidence.

Police forces and the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) will also make financial contributions to the project, which will allow the purchase of 37 scanners. Thames Valley and Hampshire police authorities, which share ICT services, will receive the most scanner units. The forces will implement five scanners after receiving a grant of £395,675 from the DfT.

The wider roll out of 3D laser scanning technology is part of a government-led initiative known as Clear (Collision, lead, evaluate, act, re-open). The project aims to reduce delays caused by incidents in order to keep traffic moving.

Mike Penning, roads minister, said: "There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck in a traffic jam for hours on end. But even worse than that is the shocking £1bn cost of those lost hours for our economy. That is why we are determined to improve the clear-up of accidents so we can get our motorways re-opened as quickly as possible.

"Today's £2.7m DfT funding award will see 3D laser scanners rolled out quickly where they are needed most. This will benefit drivers by reducing incident clear up times by 39 minutes on average."

According to the DfT, there were more than 18,000 full or partial motorway closures lasting a total of more than 20,000 hours in 2010. The government hopes that its strategy will help drive down the £1bn annual cost to the economy.

Successful police force bidders will start to receive their grants this month, with the aim of putting out the scanning technology on motorways and 'A' roads a quickly as possible.

Commenting on the project, chief constable Nick Gargan, chief executive of the NPIA, said: "The project also supports a standardised approach to surveying motorway incident scenes, in line with the police service's Information Systems Improvement Strategy (ISIS) strategy of using IT to enable business change within the service."

This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.

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