Selangor Journal
Izham addressing the attendees during the Selangor highway contractors’ development seminar at Wisma Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor, on December 13, 2021. — Picture by HAFIZ OTHMAN/SELANGORKINI.

Drones and sensors pave way for better highway maintenance in state — Izham

By Amin Ridzuan Ishak

SHAH ALAM, Dec 13 — The usage of drones and sensors is one of the methods by the Smart Road Asset Management System (SRAMS) to ensure maintenance works carried out meets the set standards.

State executive councillor for infrastructure Izham Hashim said the system used by the state government’s subsidiary company Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd enables the identification of damage-related information including potholes, repair dates, and expiry dates, for further action.

He said the maintenance costs can reach up to RM1 billion annually, and requires the state government to have accurate data, to ensure each work implemented meet the standards, as well as last longer.

“So we use the latest technology such as drones and sensors to monitor, while contractors are obligated to input the data in the software, everytime they carry out maintenance works.

“We focus on this so the public can use good highways when work becomes more efficient,” Izham said, after officiating the highway contractors’ development seminar earlier today.

The executive councillor added thus far SRAMS is only used to monitor state roads, under the supervision of the Public Works Department, and will be expanded to other routes in the future.

“Once the audit on state roads is complete and its system more stabilised, we will implement it on other roads, including those under the local authorities,” he said.

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