FDOT’s New Era in Road Safety: A Strategic Partnership with one.network

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has taken a monumental step forward in ensuring road safety by entering a multi-year collaboration with one.network. This partnership marks a significant advancement in work zone safety, with FDOT solidifying its commitment through our technology. Simon Topp, Chief Commercial Officer of one.network, recognizes this partnership as a critical validation of their platform. Topp expresses enthusiasm for the continuation of this partnership, noting the importance of reversing the increasing trend of work zone fatalities.

Overview of the Program
This extended collaboration builds upon the one-year pilot program’s success, which saw extensive training and deployment efforts. Over 2,000 FDOT employees and construction workers were trained to effectively utilize one.network’s Live Link solution. This training led to the mapping and publication of over 16,600 lane closures throughout all FDOT districts. This initiative stands as the first statewide deployment of worker-managed safety information sharing in the United States, showcasing an innovative approach to work zone safety.

Why It’s Important
The partnership’s core, the Live Link technology, empowers workers to share critical lane and road closure information with major navigation providers directly from the work zone. This facilitates enhanced real-time awareness among drivers, significantly improving safety conditions. The one.network platform complements this by providing a comprehensive, map-based overview of ongoing work zones, integrating live data for improved situational awareness and decision-making.

Impact and Future Vision
FDOT’s commitment, coupled with one.network’s cutting-edge solutions, aims to address the alarming statistic of over 954 annual work zone fatalities in the U.S. The Lane Closure Notification System (LCNS) powered by Live Link is a game-changer in improving driver awareness. It provides critical information at the most impactful moment, thereby enhancing road safety. The success of the pilot has already piqued the interest of other major agencies, such as the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), indicating the system’s potential for broader implementation.

Simon Topp underlines the significance of this partnership, emphasizing that the Live Link system managed by the workers themselves is a powerful tool for improving safety in work zones. “This collaboration is not just about introducing a new technology; it’s a commitment to transforming how work zone safety is managed across the U.S.

This groundbreaking initiative between FDOT and one.network is poised to revolutionize work zone safety management. As this partnership continues to evolve, it promises a safer future for U.S. roadways, combining innovative technology with an unwavering commitment to saving lives.