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and project management. The company is also issuing smart phones to all roadside staff, loaded with software called Hand-e-pix, enabling all activities to be photographed and stored remotely. This allows management and clients to view work on an almost real-time basis, and photographs are dated and pinpointed with a GPS reference.


Herts Equipment has also formed a joint venture partnership with specialist consultancy, TM Safety. This partnership will facilitate staff training, specifically on-site assessments, and this service can also be offered to clients. Within the next six months a fully equipped training centre is planned to be built at the Watford offices.


A key equipment supplier is Pike Signals, and battery powered traffic lights form a substantial proportion of the fleet. These include XL Radiomaster two-phase systems giving up to 21 days' continuous operation, and compact XLite free-standing signals, as well as RoboSign stop-go signs. Herts Equipment has also helped in the development of Pike's new XLPed temporary crossing, which was displayed at the Executive Hire Show and was runner-up in the Innovation Zone.


“We will continue to move forward confidently,” said Richard Soanes. “Herts Equipment Rental is now a recognised specialist operating in a strong market segment. It has obviously been a big decision to stop hiring tools and equipment, as such products are in the very DNA of the company. However, it is the logical thing to do.


“The last ten years have been an incredible journey with testing


Chris Winfield (left) discusses the new Pike Signals XLPed at the Show.


times, but we have always made the right decisions.” • www1.hertstraffic.co.uk


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