The company helps customers to identify the weak sections of a road instead of needing to fix the whole road.
Roadscanners, a Rovaniemi-based multinational company specialised in developing tools and services for traffic infrastructure asset management, is celebrating its 20th founding anniversary this year.
Focused on structural and functional condition of roads, railroads, bridges, and airports, Roadscanners has already expanded its operations to more than 60 countries across the globe.
“With our products and services you are able to identify the weak sections of a road that need to be fixed instead of fixing the whole road”, explains Roadscanners Customer Operations Manager Virpi Halttu.
The idea is that problems are fixed at a very early stage, and the fixing is light and costs less money, she explains.
“The Roadscanners’ approach is to fix the root causes of the problems, not only treat the symptoms.”
The company’s key expertise is in developing the use of new digital electromagnetic non-destructive methods such as ground penetrating radar (GPR), laser scanner, accelerometer, and HD and thermal camera linked with GPS in monitoring and diagnostics of the infrastructure of transport systems.
According to Roadscanners Group CEO Timo Saarenketo, Roadscanners has been most successful in the last 20 years of its operations. The company has been growing annually on average at 15 per cent a year and, at the same time, has been investing in its research and development activities also at a 15 per cent rate every year.
Roadscanners has proved profitable almost always since its inception in 1998. It has also achieved an exemplary success in exporting services and goods, with the export revenue accounting for 40 to 60 per cent of the annual turnover.
Roadscanners has been cooperating with the city of Rovaniemi from the very beginning.
“The street network in the city has been Roadscanners’ test platform since 2000, when the first Street Doctor analyses for the functional and structural conditions of the street network were made. Thanks to this monitoring programme, Rovaniemi has been able to make sustainable investments to strengthen its street network in most productive way. The city has also been an excellent reference project of Roadscanners for its export destinations”, says the company CEO.
Roadscanners has been developing its Road Doctor software for the last 20 years. It is the world leader software for analyses of roads, railroads, bridges and so on. In addition to software, the company also provides consulting services and hardware systems.
The company has 30 people working in Finland. Roadscanners’ head office is in Rovaniemi, but it also has consulting offices in Tampere and Helsinki in Finland. The company also has four subsidiaries outside of Finland: in Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic and the USA.
The company believes, in the future, proactive maintenance policies that react to the early phase symptoms and fix the root causes of the problems will play a key role in the next generation road asset management. Also, the company has started to focus on the area of intelligent transport system.
“In the future Roadscanners will focus on ITS and in infrastructure challenges that will be faced due to autonomous driving, because these cars do not fly yet and they need good quality roads and streets also in the future”, says Timo Saarenketo, the CEO of the company.
City of Rovaniemi-Daily Finland Report