Innovative technology SME InTouch has recently appointed Tony Gates as a non-executive adviser to bring in his wealth of expertise in the construction and highways sector. InTouch is currently rolling out its SmartWater product to highways authorities across the UK and internationally, and Tony will be advising the team on the highways and gully management product's growth and development.
Tony has 30 years of experience in the construction and highways industry and a successful track record of growing businesses. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation and a past chairman of the Highways Term Maintenance Association.
Tony's role for InTouch as a non-executive adviser is a part-time role and he will be supporting the MD and his team with strategy, marketing, business planning and client engagement. This fits in with his day job as a member of the senior leadership team at family engineering business Sir Robert McAlpine.
Tony said: "I am delighted to be taking on my new role for InTouch and look forward to helping the business grow. I’m fortunate to have a supportive company and culture in Sir Robert McAlpine, who see value and benefit in my appointment.
"Successful construction companies of the future will be enabled by new technology and look very different from today. The more we embrace new technology and tap into the innovation, energy and agility of SMEs, the more successful we will be. I look forward to helping InTouch play a big part in this inevitable and exciting change."
John Walden, managing director at InTouch, said: "We are thrilled to announce that Tony is joining our team as a non-executive adviser and we are very fortunate to benefit from his immense knowledge of the construction and highways industry.
"We are thrilled to announce that Tony is joining our team as a non-executive adviser and we are very fortunate to benefit from his immense knowledge of the construction and highways industry."
John Walden, managing director at InTouch
"This is a very exciting time for InTouch as we roll out SmartWater both across the UK and internationally. There is a huge amount of potential for this technology and managed service, along with other Smart City technologies, to both save valuable public money and improve our environment."
SmartWater is an innovative managed-service solution for gully cleansing management and flood prevention, which uses IoT self-learning algorithms and specialist sensor technology.
Having undergone trials with several councils and highways authorities, the product is currently being rolled out across further areas in the UK and internationally. SmartWater can deliver year-on-year financial savings, improved health and safety and superior asset management.
Currently, gully cleansing by highways authorities is done on a manual rota check or after someone has reported a blockage or flooding. Coupled with increased flooding risk due to climate change, InTouch has brought this routine task into the 21st century, using a combination on IoT sensors and predictive software.
Research found that, when inspected, 80% of gullies are actually clean and running, meaning wasted time and unnecessary costs for local governments. By using SmartWater's managed service, the highways authority can be alerted when a gully requires cleansing, as well as benefiting from flood alerts.
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