Project KISStra has started

Safety verification through AI – research project utilizes data to optimize road infrastructure safety management


On 01 January 2021, the Institute started to work on the research project KISStra (AI-based indicator-based safety management for road infrastructure).

The KISStra project is realized as a joint project by HELLER Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH and the Institute for Numerical Methods and Informatics in Civil Engineering at the Technical University (TU) of Darmstadt. The partners are experts in the development of AI-based models and methods as well as the systematic IT-based management of road infrastructure.

KISStra is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with around 100,000 euros as part of the Modernization Fund (“mFUND”) funding initiative. The project was launched on January 1, 2021. The term is 2 years.

In the KISStra project, the foundations are being laid for a network-wide safety audit of roads. With appropriate standardization and further development of the evaluation and assessment methods, regular monitoring of the infrastructure would be possible, e.g. with the roadway images recorded in the four-year cycle of the ZEB. In addition, the inventory and condition information generated with image recognition can be used in many other areas of infrastructure management (traffic, operations, planning and construction).

Link to press release

KISStra on the BMVI website