Just wanted to say hi, I’m Stefan and I’m trying to get a Telraam network off the ground in Middle England
Would appreciate any tips on how to convince a Parish Council which is “not responsible for Highways issues” (their words) to fund 10 Telraam S2 devices.
My first point of call was to try and find pricing information about the VivaCity devices which our county council already use. These are more sophisticated and much more expensive versions of Telraam. Apparently the cost is ‘commercially sensitive’ and they wouldn’t tell me.
I’ve since FOIed several other authorities and trawled the WhatdotheyKnow website and my guesstimate is that a one year VivaCity contract costs around £2350 per device. This is based on an FOI request in Sunderland where they paid £26k for 8 devices.
My local county council, Leicestershire, have installed 88 of the VivaCity sensors at a cost of - I suspect - several hundred thousand pounds. Which is great and Leicester is doing a lot for active transport, but none of these devices are deployed in our town/village and traffic is horrendous, not least because the A6 cuts us in half.
I’m doing all this because the main local councillor as well as the Team Manager of the Network Data & Intelligence Team at county council have rubbished Telraam at the first instance citing its ‘flaws’ and ‘not 100% accuracy’. Yet they neither share the data nor pricing for their own devices - how convenient.
Anyways, my plan is to use the Parish Council in the first instance to fund some devices and then use the gathered data to make the case for improvements and to see if any specific measure is successful or not.