SmartDrive signs large asphalt paver to video-based safety platform

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Updated Jul 25, 2018
The SmartDrive SR4 platform is an integration hub that connects to multiple cameras, electronic control units (ECUs), sensors, and various OEM and third-party advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) in vehicles.

SmartDrive Systems announced a new customer in Superior Paving, one of the largest asphalt pavers on the East Coast.

The company is using the SmartDrive Transportation Intelligence Platform with SR4 hardware for its video-based safety program. Superior Paving chose to forego a pilot program and will install the SmartDrive program across its entire fleet.

Photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy of SmartDrive.Photo by Steven Diaz, courtesy of SmartDrive.

“It’s not often that you see a product that can solve many problems while also creating a safer culture. After researching other platforms, SmartDrive immediately rose to the top,” commented Todd Atkins, safety director, Superior Paving.

Superior Paving has been in business for 40 years and been recognized for the quality of its work, strength of its leadership in the asphalt industry and innovation in new technologies and methods.

“The compact size, expanded hard-drive and notable expansion integration options of the SR4 made a great product even better and further bolstered the wisdom of our decision to adopt the new platform,” remarked Moses Greenberg, an accountant at Superior Paving. “SmartDrive not only provides a best-in-class video-based driver safety solution, but its SmartIQ analytics offers us completely integrated metrics and reporting in a single platform.”

The slogan “Safety Is For Life” is the core of Superior Paving’s safety culture, and the SmartDrive program will reinforce that culture by continually assessing safety performance as the company evolves, and measure its performance against peers, according to the announcement.

“I appreciate that SmartDrive answers many questions for us,” Atkins continued. “Not only can we use the SmartDrive program to improve safety and reduce collisions and liability, but the extended recording capability and additional cameras also help us enhance safety—particularly with sideswipes—and ensure compliance with standard operating procedures on job sites and in our yards. It will also greatly increase fuel efficiency throughout our fleet, which equates to dollars to our bottom line.”

Other factors influencing Superior Paving’s decision were SmartDrive’s managed service offering, customer service, coaching interface and real-time delivery of video-based insights.

“The company’s decision to move straight to implementation further reaffirms what many fleets are quickly realizing: the cost of waiting to roll-out is significant,” stated Steve Mitgang, SmartDrive CEO. “The cost savings of avoiding one collision or exonerating a driver in one incident can be enough to pay for the entire system — and each day vehicles are on the road without video protection exposes the fleet to unnecessary risk.”