Road authorities and technology vendors inform service providers about applied traffic measures in the ‘Slim sturen’ (Smart Routing) project from SmartwayZ.NL. All to influence traffic flows and provide road users with even better information. By providing them with accurate and up-to-date travel information, service providers can inform their users about adapted driving routes in case of accidents, major events, and work activities.
Monotch plays a vital role in realising the technical data chain. The TLEX platform not only collects traffic-related information and prepares it for distribution but also supplies it to service providers who can process the provided information in navigation applications and disseminate it among (road) users.
Collaborating in the trafficking chain
Unique in this project is the involvement of industry parties who mapped the entire data chain up to and including service providers. Under the banner of SmartwayZ.NL, Altran, Goudappel, MAPtm, Vialis, Scenwise, Monotch, Be-Mobile, and Innovactory jointly developed a Proof of Concept in which all involved data chain parties have carried out tests in the cities of Breda and Roermond to offer a complete information flow. This involved digitising the information and the technical chain tests and ultimately setting up a working digital network vision.
Combining static and dynamic data
Using the TLEX platform, Monotch provided combined static information (defined traffic scenarios according to the network vision) and dynamic data (start, upscaling, stop of scenarios) accompanied by a traffic management context, enabling navigation providers and service providers to supply better travel advice. This means that road authorities have gained more influence on traffic flows.
Digitising a network vision
The ‘Slim sturen’ (Smart Routing) project is also related to digitising the network vision of road authorities. Road authorities would like to optimise their ‘desired’ use of the road network with the project by sharing information. By sharing the desired result of the traffic control scenarios – which measure is used, where and when – but above all by sharing their network vision. The network vision also forms the basis for traffic management measures used to keep traffic flowing. Service providers can thus inform road users about the use of traffic management rules and advise on the most socially desirable routes, for example, road works, events and accidents. In this way, the service provider can support the road authority in realising its policy goals.
Laying the essential basis for navigation software suppliers
This “underlay” for navigation systems gives service providers insight into the desired use of the road network. Therefore, it lays an essential basis for suppliers of navigation software in including the network vision into their maps and travel information services, with the ultimate goal: to realise safer traffic and a better flow of traffic.