TLEX Parking

Renewed ANWB Onderweg App provides travellers with pre-trip parking advice

The ANWB Onderweg App offers everything you need on the road, ranging from current traffic information, ANWB Traffic Jam Alert in case of delays on saved routes, a reliable route planner, to parking advice (rates and locations) and paying parking fees throughout the Netherlands. The app has recently been updated and expanded with a number of useful options. Determining the best parking space in advance is one of the new functionalities of the app. Via the integrated Parking API of Monotch, detailed and up-to-date parking data from all over the Netherlands becomes visible.

Parking advice at home on the couch
After a major update of the ANWB Onderweg App, according to Mark de Bruin – Strategic Marketeer at ANWB, you can now get pre-trip parking advice about the best available parking space at the destination where you are or want to be later. Users of the app can now enter their destination and expected arrival day + time at home and then receive a total overview of parking rates, street parking, garages & parking areas, P + R options and bookable parking spaces around the destination. And if you can park for free within walking distance of the destination, the app will also report this. In this way, travellers are optimally prepared for the road and search traffic in the city centre is limited.

Based on its goals, mission and vision, the ANWB operates at the interface of mobility, vacation and leisure and therefore offers a wide range of activities in the sphere of influencing, products and services, information and advice. For the parking data throughout the Netherlands, ANWB has chosen to make it accessible via a Monotch API. Via the ‘Car Parking Netherlands API’, Monotch provides parking data, locations, rates, current occupancy, zone codes and various reservation options. This allows users of the ANWB Onderweg App to make a good choice where they want to park their car.

The complete and detailed parking advice, the good preparations and a suitable offer have ensured that both parties are in good spirits to put a convenient but above all successful solution on the market.

We are proud to be able to contribute to the success of the ANWB Onderweg App.

For more information, please visit: https://www.anwb.nl/mobiel/onderweg-app/parkeeradvies-met-anwb-onderweg

 

General news

Radiuz selects Monotch as its parking data partner

Provider of integrated mobility solutions, Radiuz, can now offer even more parking service to its customers with the ready-to-use and easy to integrate Parking API from Monotch. Via the API, parking data about locations, rates, current occupancy and zone codes can be provided, as well as reservation options. After intensive preparations, testing and good cooperation in all areas, Radiuz has chosen to add the parking data from Monotch to its Mobility app. The choice fell on Monotch because of the complete package of realtime parking data and parking functionalities. This way, Radiuz’s improved parking services are able to provide even more convenience for travellers and for service providers extra turnover and technical support. Monotch is proud to be able to contribute to the success of Radiuz.

Partner in mobility
Starting point of our new partner, Radiuz, is that in everything we do, the question must be asked: what moves you and where do you want to move? As an employer or employee, but especially as a person. Mobility brings us closer together. With family and friends. In sports, culture and work. It brings us to this afternoon’s meeting and tonight’s appointment. We want to increase the feeling of freedom by simplifying mobility. “Mobility as easy as water from a tap.”

As part of one of the main players in the European mobility market, the Autobinck Group, Radiuz wants to create an ecosystem to fulfill this mission. For the parking data in the Netherlands, Radiuz has chosen to apply this via the Monotch API link. “Since all activities of Monotch are aimed at strengthening sustainable mobility and increasing travel pleasure, the match was quickly made.”

The detailed data, the good preparations and a suitable offer have ensured that both parties are proud to work together to put a great, but above all successful mobility solution on the market. This allows users of the Radiuz app to make a good choice where they want to park their car.

About Radiuz
Radiuz is a leading provider of integrated mobility solutions that, with its own digital platform and back office, makes all forms of transport and related services accessible. Mobility cards based on the Radiuz platform integrate services such as: the use of all public transport modalities, fuel refueling, electric charging, parking, taxi use, (private) leasing, etc. Radiuz unburdens its customers by organizing business travels, administering and reporting. Radiuz is able to provide barrier-free access to a complete range of modalities and also offers freedom in mobility choice, in terms of modalities and providers, and always based on the needs of the user.

More information about Radiuz can be found at www.radiuz.nl.

Project news

Webinar infra data Brabant Logistics hotspots

Discover the opportunities of infrastructural data for Brabant logistics hotspots during a LCB webinar on 17 September

Imagine that available data is able to contribute to a better traffic flow for business parks and cities and that camera recognition provides a better view of the transport of dangerous goods. Data is recorded via all kinds of systems and sensors, which is very relevant and valuable for and around the logistics hotspots in Brabant. With new techniques, more and more data can be recorded and made accessible. We also have options to convert the data into real time information.

On 17 September from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, the Logistics Community Brabant will present two projects in an online webinar that show how available infrastructure data is translated into valuable up-to-date information for road authorities, safety regions, logistics service providers and road users.

• DALI participants Sentors and Monotch will present the DALI project DATACLEP in which data from relevant sensors on the industrial estate of the Moerdijk Port and Industrial Area is made available in real time.
• And the Atlas Liveable City of Logistics Community Brabant visualizes how the infrastructure in Brabant is actually used and how the flow to and accessibility of locations can be improved. And digital in our case always means topical.

In addition to the project presentations in this webinar, there is also a panel discussion on how these projects can be applied more widely in Brabant.
Be informed about the possibilities of now and the near future!

Sign up
You can register here for the online webinar from 17 September, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. A few days before the webinar you will receive the login details and the telephone number for asking questions via WhatsApp.

DALI testing ground
Under the name DALI (Data Science for Logistics Innovation), concrete applications of data science in the supply chain are realized on the basis of business cases. DALI is a testing ground for taking data certification in the logistics sector of the Southern Netherlands to a higher level and thus making the sector future-proof.

18 companies, including Monotch, participate in the DALI testing ground and have inserted their own business case. The aim of the DATACLEP collaborative project in DALI is to work with the port authority Moerdijk and the province of Noord-Brabant to also make Monotch’s data technology applicable for logistics hotspots. In DALI, Monotch strives to make an automated data platform of real-time data from sensors such as cameras, entrance gates and traffic lights nationwide available for end users such as motorists and customers of the port company.

If you have any questions about DALI and the DALI projects or if you have ideas to take datafication in the logistics and supply chain sector in the South of the Netherlands to a higher level, please contact Bas Groot via [email protected].

TLEX Parking

Parkers adjust travel behaviour during corona crisis

Generally, one in three parkers search for information about parking before they travel. Via search engines, navigation and parking apps or municipality websites. In corona times and the new 1.5 m distancing economy, this number is even higher and parkers plan their journey even more carefully.

Growth in use ‘Prettig Parkeren’ sites
Parkers who want to have up-to-date parking information are increasingly consulting the Prettig Parkeren (pleasant parking) website or municipality parking sites that use the ‘Prettig Parkeren’ widget. Monotch developed this widget based on the need to keep cities liveable, more attractive and accessible. This not only gives municipalities a better insight into the parking registration data but also provides them the ability to monitor the occupancy in parking garages and on the street. And visitors and residents are able to see at a glance where there they can find available parking space. This way, search traffic in city centres can be significantly reduced.

Corona proof parking services
A number of Dutch cities have also supplemented the Prettig Parkeren widget with a Book & Park functionality. This way, parkers can immediately reserve and pay for a parking space via the municipality site. And that is great news in corona times, when parkers mainly want to pay safely and contactlessly.

Convenience for everyone
The aim of the ‘Prettig Parkeren’ site is to make parking information accessible and transparent to everyone. It also offers service providers the option of making parking garages or lots bookable on a neutral platform and the real-time parking information can easily be integrated into apps and services via an API.

Carefree parking
Analysing the data from the parking widget, we see a clear tendency for parkers to adjust their travel behaviour and opt for convenience and safety. For example, we see that people travel more consciously and plan their journey even more carefully than before. As a result, we see that the informative ‘Prettig Parkeren’ website including interactive maps is already being used more than before the corona crisis. We also see that the reservation of parking spaces continues to grow and that the number of reservations per month is already at the level of before corona.

More about the ‘Prettig Parkeren’ site, see here.

More about the Monotch TLEX Parking Platform see here.

TLEX I2V

More flexibility in messages, message types and interfaces

Additional TLEX I2V 2.0 “bits and pieces”
In addition to the surveyable dashboards and KPIs in the renewed user portal, the TLEX I2V platform also offers additional interfaces, can be adapted to various message types and has recently been expanded with standard-compliant messages such as ETSI messages and upcoming C-Roads standards.

TLEX I2V 2.0 offers additional interfaces that can be adapted to various message types and has standard-compliant messages such as:

  • AMQP1.0 available as an additional interface (in compliance with upcoming C-Roads standards);
  • Support additional message formats such as DATEXII;
  • Addition of new message types such as new types of ETSI messages.

This way the platform offers even more flexibility in messages, message types, and interfaces. Consequently, a multitude of use cases can be supported by the platform.

There are also additional options for configuring access to certain objects and data flows. Road authorities and other owners of roadside systems can now define their own access policies and link them to their systems. Through these policies, they can determine which parties have access to the data of their objects. This allows maximum control for object owners and road authorities.

In short, with the addition of these extra functionalities, the TLEX I2V platform gets a significant upgrade and is ready for the future.

TLEX I2V

Abundance of dashboards and KPIs in TLEX I2V 2.0

In the middle of last year, the storage of metadata for the TLEX I2V platform was further expanded to better serve our customers. Subsequently, in the first half of 2020, the platform has been equipped with dashboarding functionality and automated KPI monitoring. This enables the clear and integrated display of the data into the user portal.

Figure 1 TLEX I2V 2.0 Dashboard example – Data quantity

For example, the TLEX I2V dashboards provide insight into:

  • Central homepage with outstanding ” data issues”;
  • Overall status of the connected objects;
  • Status of the connection to the connected objects;
  • Scope of the data exchange;
  • continuity/availability of the data;
  • Quality of the data exchange;
  • Latency of the data flows.

TLEX I2V has also been extended with alerting functionality; for all KPIs, it is now possible to set alerts. Depending on the settings, users are periodically (eg. daily) given a list of current deviations from set limit values.

Monotch partners are also given the option to define additional dashboards, and thanks to the “single sign-on” layer, partners can also make additional data and analyzes accessible in the user portal.

Figure 2 TLEX I2V 2.0 Dashboard example – Connection status

TLEX I2V

TLEX I2V 2.0 suitable for all roadside objects

Monotch’s TLEX I2V platform was specially designed to connect roadside equipment to service providers, the automotive industry, road authorities, and ultimately the road users. It has now expanded significantly and offers many new features.

Initially, the platform was developed for connecting intersections and facilitating data exchange with traffic lights. In the new TLEX I2V version, it is now also possible to connect to other roadside systems. For example, in this new version, roadside systems such as traffic lights, matrix signs, text carts, and WIS cars are given a “type designation”, and the properties, governance, and quality controls can now vary based on the type of roadside equipment. New types of roadside equipment now identifiable on TLEX I2V includes systems such as matrix signs, text carts, or access barriers.

Additionally, the limits, quality controls, and other properties are now also differentiable per object and/or domain. This type of differentiation has also been implemented in the screens and reports, for information such as variable names. This enables a more complete support & representation for other types of roadside equipment on the TLEX I2V platform.

Connecting all kinds of roadside equipment with ultimately the road users leads to many advantages for traffic flow and traffic safety on the Dutch road network and the safety and comfort of road users. The new dashboarding functionality was initially developed at the request of other European regions, but the new features are of course also available to Dutch customers.

TLEX I2V

TLEX to the max

TLEX to the max
Monotch recently completed a series of large scale stress/performance tests for our TLEX I2V platform. After several months of preparation, we tested almost non-stop for 2 weeks and concluded with very successful results. We were not only able to prove that TLEX I2V is efficiently horizontally scalable in very large-scale deployments, but we were also able to test several software improvements extensively, and objectively establish that we achieve an even higher degree of efficiency.

Those who have been following Monotch for some time know that we are busy connecting all kinds of roadside objects to, ultimately, the road user. In essence, this means exchanging large amounts of messages in as little time as possible. That of course being done reliably, safely, and with the application of the necessary governance rules.

We now dare to say that we have mastered that data exchange ‘trick’ quite well. After all, we currently deliver more than 500 million messages every day, which boasts an average of one millisecond per message. This feat is something to be proud of, but not a surprise to the Monotch team as it is fully in line with the results of the performance tests that we have carried out with every change of the platform since 2017.

But we love a challenge and now that we support more and more types of objects and spread our wings to more and more countries, it was time for a new large-scale test session, christened ‘TLEX to the max’ internally.

First of all, the question was of course what ‘the max’ means in this case. After a healthy discussion, we decided to start from a setup of 7,500 data-providing intersections, 10,000 ‘lighter’ objects (think of road- side units, access barriers, road sensors) in combination with 5 million data-providing virtual road users and 20 ‘data-consuming’ service providers. In other words, about 95 billion messages delivered per 24 hours. All in all, a setup where we can support the entire Benelux as C-ITS services are rolled out on a large scale.

This was also when the financial people of Monotch began to worry. Because, in addition to a test environment that makes it possible to process the planned huge amounts of data, an environment was also needed to generate these messages. After all, we can only test objectively if this data is generated outside the platform. Fortunately, our various partners were willing to co-invest in ‘TLEX to the max’ and we were able to get a green light here, albeit with a (fortunately substantial) maximum of computing capacity. This somewhat changed the purpose of the tests, namely to “how much load can we process with the available test capacity?”

In addition to determining the required computing capacity for large-scale deployments, we mainly wanted to obtain certainty about the result of several improvements that we have developed for the core of TLEX I2V. That is why various test scenarios were composed in the preparation, consisting of varying loads, varying settings, and different TLEX versions.

The execution of the tests was certainly not routine. As we increased the load further, various bottle-necks were gradually confronted, particularly in the additional components such as governance and monitoring. These are valuable items that during the test period directly led to several reinforcements of the platform. In addition, we were able to determine that some software changes turned out to have a substantial positive impact on the efficiency of the upscaling, while retaining the ‘near zero latency’ character of TLEX I2V.

After we had carried out all planned tests, we continued to increase the numbers for a while: in the end we connected nearly 11,000 fictitious intersections with 10 million road users. Average latency? 5 milli-seconds ……

Bring on that C-ITS scale-up, TLEX I2V is ready!

TLEX Parking

City of Breda ready for corona-proof parking services

Making better use of parking garages and reducing search traffic and on-street parking – that was the goal of the parking reservation platform that Monotch developed for the City of Breda. The platform, which has been live since the beginning of April, connects municipal parking facilities and makes it possible to resell parking spaces via apps from service providers. Visitors and residents of Breda also benefit from this, for they are able to see at a glance where to find available parking spaces. Immediately reserving and paying for a parking space is also possible. This can significantly reduce search traffic in the city centre of Breda. The Monotch parking platform is already operational throughout the Netherlands, making it easy for other municipalities to follow.

Additional benefits
An additional advantage in this corona-time is that by using this platform municipalities and parking providers will gain better insight into when consumers visit parking locations. And also for consumers, for they no longer have to go to the payment terminal and therefore no long queues will arise. In light of the 1.5-metre economy, this is a pleasant tool for the operation of the parking location.

Book & Park Monotch
The Monotch Book & Park functionality is operational in Rotterdam, Tiel, Delft and Leiden. Breda is the 5th city in the Netherlands that uses the platform. Via the municipal website, the municipality offers the “Pleasant Parking widget with Book & Park functionality”. This widget is especially developed based on the need to keep cities liveable, more attractive and accessible. The widget also provides the municipality with insight into the registration data and it is possible to monitor how busy it is in the parking garages and on-street. For the future, the platform offers various additional functionalities with added value for the Municipality of Breda and visitors to the city centre.

Want to see how it works in Breda? Then, please check out the Breda parking site here.

 

Project news

DALI: a gold mine of logistics data

Data is becoming increasingly important in our society and economy. However, the supply chain sector still has to take steps when it comes to utilizing all available data. Valuable information only arises when we process, relate and analyze the data. New insights emerge by exposing trends, patterns and mutual relationships in data.

Under the name DALI, (Data Science for Logistics Innovation), concrete applications of data science in the supply chain are realized on the basis of business cases. DALI is a testing ground for datafication in the logistics sector of the southern Netherlands to a higher level and thus making the sector future-proof. DALI is committed to develop knowledge-intensive logistics (smart logistics): devising, developing, demonstrating and applying new logistics methods. All with the aim of higher added value, more efficient handling of goods flows and maintaining our international market position.

18 companies, including Monotch, are participating in the DALI testing ground with their own business case. The business cases show that the supply chain offers a lot of potential to use data. The translation to information provides cost benefits, more turnover and optimal use of people and resources. Not only for the partners in the DALI project but also for the business community and knowledge institutions that are not part of this project.

Unlocking and using data must result in strategic insight, demand prediction and planning input. In other words, a gold mine of logistics data that can be mined together with the DALI partners.

Using TLEX data from roadside systems and traffic lights for the logistics sector
The aim of the cooperation project within DALI with, among others, the port company and the province of Noord-Brabant, is the further development of Monotch’s data technology. In DALI Monotch strives for an automated data platform on which real-time data from relevant sensors and sources such as cameras, entrance gates and traffic lights will be made available nationally to end users such as drivers and can be used for customers of the port authority.

DALI background
In the DALI (Data Science for Logistics Innovation) project, work is being carried out on the development of generic instruments for knowledge institutions and the field of work, based on 18 business cases over the next 3 years. This is done with the aim of accelerating and strengthening the supply chain data fixing for the south of the Netherlands. The project is partly financed by a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund in the context of OPZuid and by a contribution from the Region Deal in Central and West Brabant.

For more information about the DALI project, see https://dali.lcb.nu/.

For more information about the Monotch automated data platform, see https://dali.lcb.nu/project/monotch.

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