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Lapland firm wins US award for road maintenance tech

The award recognised a joint project involving the Rovaniemi firm Roadscanners and the Finnish Transport Agency.

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Technology developed by Roadscanners, a Rovaniemi-based company that specialises in traffic infrastructure management, was recognised by the Washington-based International Road Federation on Thursday.

The award was granted to a joint project between Roadscanners and the Finnish Transport Agency, which aims to increase the life cycle of road surfaces.

The company developed technology for locating weak spots in road surfaces, diagnosing the cause of the problem and repairing them before serious damage occurs.

Billions spent on road maintenance

Finnish authorities currently spend between 130 and 150 million euros annually to maintain the country’s 50,000-odd kilometres of paved roads. Meanwhile, spending on upkeep of the highway network is estimated at upwards of one billion euros.

As a result of a three-year project, the annual cost of maintaining road surfaces at a test site in Lapland and Central Finland fell by between 10 and 36 percent. This year, the test area expanded to include Hyvinkää in southern Finland’s Uusimaa region.

The company aims to lower maintenance costs by 50 percent overall by the year 2025.

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