Smart streets warn road users

Smart Mobility players Mobility Sensing and Monotch are now joining forces.

They bring safety-related traffic information from street sensors directly into the car. Every street equipped with a StreetSense sensor pod from Mobility Sensing can monitor traffic and the local road surface condition in real-time. By linking the sensor to Monotch’s TLEX data exchange platform, the street itself can publish warnings for dangerous traffic situations. The alerts are immediately available in-car to road users via the traffic information and navigation services connected to TLEX. The companies will start publishing slipperiness warnings via TLEX, immediately informing road users about locally dangerous road conditions in critical locations such as bridges and viaducts, frost-sensitive road segments, and streets that have not yet been gritted. This allows road users to anticipate unsafe driving conditions better.

Benefit for road authorities

Road authorities already receive valuable data from the StreetSense sensor pods for managing their streets. Each StreetSense pod counts traffic and continuously monitors the road surface temperature, and the road surface reports whether the road surface is dry or wet and whether there is still enough road salt. Thanks to the collaboration between Mobility Sensing and Monotch, critical live information from StreetSense will now be available to road users, ultimately increasing road safety. In addition to road surface-related information, other safety-related traffic information can be provided to road users, such as warnings for slow-moving and stationary traffic.

Seizing the opportunities of IoT technology

Monotch and Mobility Sensing use the latest data and sensor technology. By providing road operators and road users with road information, they see opportunities to improve road safety and traffic flow. IoT technology can bring every part of the road network online. By linking the sensor pods to Monotch’s TLEX platform, essential data can be provided to road authorities and road users. The technology has now proven itself a fully-fledged alternative to conventional sensor technology.

Jointly unlocking data

Mobility Sensing and Monotch share the vision that all safety-related traffic information from IoT sensors should be made available to road users as open data. They invite road authorities and other IoT sensor providers to join this initiative. In principle, the neutral data exchange platform TLEX can unlock data from all roadside systems and sensors and forward it to service providers, regardless of vendor.

Paul Potters of Monotch indicates that the possibilities of a ‘connected’ world are enormous, both for governments and businesses. “But if we want these solutions to be used by the general public, we need to bridge the gaps between data sources, transactions and services.”

“StreetSense has already proven itself as an affordable solution that provides road authorities with valuable live data about every street. With this partnership, the most critical information now becomes available to the road user, straight from the sensor directly into the car.”

About Mobility Sensing

Mobility Sensing develops smart sensor solutions for traffic and transport based on the latest Internet-of-Things technology. The sensors provide road and waterway authorities with live, applicable detailed data about the condition and use of their transport network. The sensor pods are entirely wireless and designed for quick and easy installation and replacement. As a result, the total costs are much lower than conventional sensor solutions. Several European countries already use StreetSense, BoatSense and BridgeSense products.

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