“It minimises the damage to vehicles in the event of collision and protects passengers from major injuries’’
A business delegation accompanying Princess Astrid of Belgium to South India will meet top police officials in Tamil Nadu on November 29 and explain the applications of ‘Zip Pole’, a specially designed steel column that can be used for mounting traffic signals, surveillance cameras and lights. The salient feature of the energy-absorbing column is that it minimises the damage to vehicles in the event of a collision and protects passengers from major injuries, police sources said.
Owners of ‘Safety Product NV’, a Belgium-based firm that provides safe solutions for road infrastructure, are expected to meet Additional Director-General of Police (State Traffic Planning Cell) S. Rajendran here and introduce the concept of ‘Zip Pole’.
In reinforced-concrete or steel columns used for signals or lighting, a speeding vehicle that collides accidentally would suffer damage and the possibility of serious injuries to the driver/passengers is high.
After conducting several crash tests, the company claims in its website www.zippole.com that the passive safe column ‘ZIP Pole’ saves lives. In case of an impact, the strong conical shape would change into a soft ribbon. While the pole yields, the speed of the vehicle would slow down gradually. The possibility of an injury or fatality would be reduced to a great extent. The column also boasts of an innovative corrosion protection with Magnelis, a metallic steel coating, which provides surface protection against long-term wear and tear.