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England and Wales introducing road accident data-sharing platform

A new road accident data-sharing platform is due to be rolled out across England and Wales, which will enable the Department for Transport (DfT), Highways England (HE) and local authorities to pinpoint accident ‘black-spots’ and work together to make safety improvements to the road network. 

The new Collision Recording And Sharing (CRASH) platform collects data about road collisions from police forces across the regions, and has been built for the UK Home Office and DfT by IPL, a systems integrator specializing in digital innovation and enterprise information management.

With all English and Welsh police forces expected to be feeding collision information into CRASH by March 2016, many of them via a dedicated mobile application, this will for the first time provide the agencies with a national overview of road collision information. The new insight will enable the agencies involved to focus highways improvement budgets and safety schemes more effectively by targeting problem roads and junctions.

CRASH saves police forces time when they are logging collisions, while also improving the accuracy of the information collected at the accident scene. This is acheived by pulling in data from other official systems, such as vehicle and registered keeper information from the DVLA, via the Police National Computer system.

An officer only needs the registration plate, where before they may have needed to fill in the make, model, color, owner’s details and more. Collision locations are also more easily pinpointed, through the use of interactive maps. IPL designed and built CRASH, including the user interface and the various complex, behind-the-scenes links to other policing systems and the mobile app, which is currently used by a number of police forces for collision logging. The foundations to enable other future mobile apps have also been integrated into the new system.

“CRASH is a great example of how a carefully designed computer system can provide a wide variety of benefits,” explained Simon Catley, services director at IPL (left).

“As well as saving police time and taxpayer money, it will help the Department for Transport and local councils build a safer road network, which will benefit everyone in the country. None of this would be possible without high-quality information, so making it as easy as possible for officers to log collisions accurately was crucial. We have drawn on our long-standing expertise in enterprise information management to draw in the right information at the right time. This ensures the authorities who make spending decisions based on CRASH’s reports, can do so with confidence.”

May 12, 2015

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