October 17th, 2006
The capital city of Guangdong Province, China has purchased an ARAN 4900 data collection vehicle to aid in their “Digital City” initiative. The Guangzhou Municipal & Landscape Bureau’s ARAN was delivered in May 2006, and replaces their previously employed manual procedure for collection of pavement data and right-of-way images. Road condition is one part of the Digital City project wherein Guangzhou will make all city information available in electronic format.
According to the article “World class detection vehicle measures pulse for Guangzhou roads” in the September 18, 2006 edition of the Guangzhou Daily, two hours of data collection with the ARAN will be equivalent to two months worth of work by the manual method. For example, data collection for 50 km of road requires 10 people working for two months to be completed by the manual method. With the ARAN, 2 staff will complete 50 km of data collection in two hours.
The Guangzhou ARAN includes two-camera right-of-way video, 2 mm pavement video, Laser SDP, Laser XVP, GPS, and texture subsystems, as well as D/V-Rate and VisiData software.