Innovation and changeGovernment TechnologyCRASH to get integrated into other key police systems

CRASH to get integrated into other key police systems

The Department for Transport (DfT) is aiming to complete the integration of its Collision Reporting and Sharing system (CRASH) by March 2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) is integrating its cloud-based Collision Reporting and Sharing system (CRASH) into other key police systems.

The DfT has published a procurement notice saying it needs support from an individual or organisation that has a knowledge of CRASH, and the needs of police forces, but no duty to Civica.

CRASH, provided by Civica Digital, enables police officers to capture and upload collision data from the roadside in real time.

According to the procurement notice, the requirement is for the support of someone with a very comprehensive understanding of the existing system, supporting systems, the needs of police forces using the system and the ability to bring these together to develop and deliver the upgraded product. The closing date for the opportunity is 28 May 2019. The contract will run from 20 June 2019 till 31 March 2020.

Accurate view of incidents

CRASH delivers dramatic time savings for police officers and helps improve road safety by providing a more accurate view of when and where incidents occur. CRASH is currently used by 20 police forces in England and Wales and has delivered savings in the region of £7.5 million per year for the agencies that rely on the system.

The system streamlines the end-to-end case management of a collision, using automation and integration with third-party systems to minimise the need for manual intervention and reduce the risk of errors. It also offers secure, resilient hosting in the Microsoft Azure cloud and a functionality for police officers to move easily from a paper-based process to efficient digital incident reporting for third parties, such as insurers.

In February 2019, DfT unveiled a new mobile functionality within the system that increased data quality, while reducing police workloads and improving road safety. The new mobile application – provided by Civica Digital – aided faster, more accurate roadside reporting for police officers. By improving the quality of data captured, CRASH highlighted collision hotspots across the road network and informed more effective spending on road network improvements, ultimately helping to save lives.

Road safety data

Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB), formerly Road Casualties Great Britain (RCGB) and before that Road Accidents Great Britain (RAGB), is the official statistical publication of the DfT on traffic casualties, fatalities and related road safety data. The remainder of the UK casualty statistics, those from Northern Ireland, are reported separately by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Data have been collected since 1926.

As per the available figures, the year 2017 had 1,793 reported road deaths, there were 24,831 serious injuries  in road traffic accidents reported to the police and 170,993 casualties of all severities in reported road traffic accidents.

In Great Britain, the overall number of fatalities and road casualties has been in long term decline since the mid-1960s, and especially since the mid-1990s. Measures to address drink driving and improve safety of vehicles and roads have all contributed to this decline which has occurred while road traffic has been increasing.

According to the World Health Organisation, more than 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Injuries from road traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years of age.

In March, DfT published a policy paper titled Future of mobility: urban strategy that outlines the government’s approach to maximising the benefits from transport innovation in cities and towns and sets out guidelines for government decision-making and ensuring that emerging transport technologies are safe, accessible, and green.

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