Apart from the beauty that road furnishing brings to the physical outlook of the roads traversing the cities; they also ensure road safety for both traffic and pedestrians. Little wonder Road or street furnishing has become a unique feature of many modern cities of the world. City developers are increasingly becoming aware of the fact that it is not enough constructing hi-tech roads but also furnishing them with the necessary features such as road markings, road signs, traffic lights and safety devices in what has come to be known as road traffic signalization. As a matter of fact, some firms are pushing back the frontiers on traffic signalization with their futuristic design of city roads.
For example, in 2014, in the city of Oss, Netherlands, Dutch firm, Studio Roosegarde, in collaboration with construction company, Heijmans, brought to reality the concept of glow-in-the-dark with which it seeks to revolutionise roadways by making them interactive, safer and more sustainable. It is a solar-powered technology which sees its road markings made of luminescent paint charge all day in the sun and then glows for about eight hours when it gets dark. These markings are capable of making roads safer, while eliminating the need for street lights in some areas, thereby reducing energy consumption.
Remarkably, these technologies are often efforts of municipal governments, ‘city developers’ in collaboration with firms at branding the city and giving it the unique looks it requires.
While the approach of Studio Roosegarde may still look very much like a pipe dream in this part of the world, one firm that is inching near such technology and revolutionizing roadways in Nigeria is ‘Convitech.’
Convitech Nigeria limited, with a pay off line: Convenience Powered by Technology operates from Traffic Warehouse building—a one stop shop for traffic and safety solutions
Propelled by the desire to entrench excellence as obtainable in foreign climes, the company has foisted on itself the responsibility of redefining safety on Nigerian roads.
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The company is in the business of road traffic signalization. This encompasses virtually all accessories on the roads and airports, ranging from road/airport marking, traffic lights and other road furniture. The company also undertakes the installation of safety devices on roads. Of various grades.
Traffic Warehouse has among its clientele Lagos State Government, Hi-Tech, Broll Nigeria Ltd, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Lekki Concession Company (LCC), National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Abuja, Skymit Motors Lagos, Lagos State Judiciary Commission, major churches in Lagos and Zenith Bank.