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TLEX technology used to reduce nuisance in Scheveningen

The enforcement organization of The Hague has its hands full with reducing the nuisance on and around the boulevard of Scheveningen. In one month, the hotline receives about a thousand reports about parking problems, traffic violations, noise nuisance and other undesirable behaviour as a result of drug use, especially nitrous oxide. In addition to deploying more enforcers, stricter parking policy and a special app with which residents can report nuisance, the municipality will also start a project to further develop visual detection of undesirable behaviour. In the project ‘Tackling nuisance narcotics in Scheveningen’, a smart AI-camera system from Avutec linked to the TLEX Cityhub platform from Monotch is used to detect overstay parking and other nuisance and to pass on reports to the enforcement organization. The data collected provides the municipality with real-time insights into where there is nuisance. This allows the municipality to act in a more targeted manner.

Location-oriented nuisance reports thanks to smart technology
Residents and entrepreneurs of Scheveningen are experiencing increasing nuisance from visitors. The municipality has therefore drawn up an action plan together with residents and entrepreneurs from the district. This plan contains many measures to tackle the nuisance. This concerns measures against, for example, parking nuisance, noise nuisance, street races, alcohol, nitrous oxide and drug use and litter. In order to reduce the nuisance and to be able to enforce it in a more targeted way, the municipality uses smart camera and data exchange technology.

The project ‘Tackling nuisance narcotics in Scheveningen’ is testing a smart AI-camera system from Avutec, a visual, intelligent sensor system that works on the basis of artificial intelligence and is linked to Monotch’s TLEX Cityhub platform. The collected data about undesirable behaviour goes straight to the enforcement organization of Scheveningen.

Among other things, the cameras will check for ‘overstay’ in parking zones of a maximum of 2 hours; whether vehicles (without permits) are present in a certain area for more than 2 hours. In addition, they are used to detect and report nuisance behaviour on the boulevard of Scheveningen. Think of noise pollution, vandalism, fights, leaving waste etc. Monotch’s TLEX Cityhub platform forms the central technology to which the cameras are connected. From this data hub, the Scheveningen enforcement organization receives real-time and location-oriented notifications if parking violations or undesirable behaviour are detected.

The sensor technology and the notifications via the Monotch platform are being implemented at the moment. The project not only tests the reliability of the technology behind the visual detection of undesirable behaviour, but also whether the notifications come through properly and whether the enforcement organization has been able to take targeted action based on the smart technology. Further research will also be conducted into whether the AI-camera data-hub link can even be used more widely. The Municipality of The Hague is hopeful that the data will contribute to a faster and more targeted intervention in the event of nuisance.

New solution partner TriOpSys facilitates secure UDAP connection
TLEX technology used to reduce nuisance in Scheveningen
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New solution partner TriOpSys facilitates secure UDAP connection

Monotch’s partner network has been expanded with a new partner on July 1st, namely TriOpSys. Both Monotch and TriOpSys endorse the importance that smart mobility requires smart information exchange between road users, road authorities and service providers. Earlier this year, the Urban Data Access Platform (UDAP) was launched. This platform, developed by Monotch, ensures a quick, reliable and easy data exchange between the different parties. TriOpSys has an impressive track record when it comes to providing traffic management services to road authorities that monitor and guide traffic. With the announced collaboration TriOpSys and Monotch will join forces when it comes to guiding and unburdening road authorities, especially in the field of network security and facilitating a secure connection to UDAP.

UDAP service and link to road objects
The UDAP platform mainly focuses on receiving and quickly transmitting data for the smart control of roadside systems such as intelligent traffic control systems, bollards and barriers. But the platform offers many more options. For example, road authorities will be able to manage their own roadside systems and applications in the ‘SystemAdministration’ of UDAP and authorize others to do so. They can also make the desired traffic management decisions based on the data communication of the roadside systems connected to UDAP and give specific road users priority at traffic lights.

Secure network environment for data exchange
Monotch has found the perfect solution partner in TriOpSys to securely connect road authorities with the UDAP platform for the IT specialist has built up extensive knowledge as an expert in mission critical IT and mobility. UDAP is specially built to quickly and securely exchange large volumes of data. Safety and speed are a requirement, but also a major challenge. The rules for connecting to UDAP are therefore deliberately strict. Not every road authority can be connected to UDAP just like that. Continued extensive testing for compliance with quality requirements is an important measure to ensure data security. And TriOpSys can play an important role as a solution partner. The specialist knowledge and experience of TriOpSys in the field of business-critical systems fits seamlessly with Monotch’s requirements for connections with UDAP. As a partner, TriOpSys can guide road authorities step-by-step in connecting them to the UDAP SystemAdministration and ensure a secure connection.

Rolf Appel, Business Unit Manager Traffic Management at TriOpSys states that this partnership also guarantees that Monotch and TriOpSys will exchange valuable knowledge with each other so that TriOpSys customers will establish and maintain connections with UDAP efficiently and with good quality. “With our collaboration, we can both improve the service to road authorities and unburden them in this regard. In the coming years we will also look at where Monotch’s software and TriOpSys integration services can strengthen each other even more”.

Menno Malta, Director Smart Mobility at Monotch, is impressed by TriOpSys’ expertise and years of experience in network security. “This is a great way to connect our expertise and technology, and we also remain alert and keen on the quality requirements set by the Urban Data Access Platform”.

About TriOpSys
TriOpSys specializes in designing, building and managing mission critical IT systems, or business-critical software systems that should never fail. Examples are traffic and emergency centres (on land, at sea and in the air), message and command centres and control rooms. The TriOpSys team has extensive knowledge of control room systems, technical interfaces, software development, architectures and also has the necessary scrum/agile experience. The activities are divided into three domains, namely: traffic management, public safety & security and defense & space.

Interview with new Monotch vendor partner Cycledata
TLEX technology used to reduce nuisance in Scheveningen
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Interview with new Monotch vendor partner Cycledata

Interview with Cees van der Zijl – Sales & Strategy Manager at Cycledata about the Monotch partnership

  • Can you briefly explain what Cycledata’s activities are?

With the Signum, Cycledata provides municipalities and provinces with qualitative real data from bicycles on cycle paths. We do this with an accuracy of more than 95%, even during peak hours and without using any algorithms. Cities can gain insight into the number of bicycles driving there, in which direction, at what speed and at what time on the cycle path. Our unique feature is the high accuracy, even at busy times and that the data is real-time. Resulting that the Signum can also be used as an i-Signum by linking it up to an intelligent traffic light controller (iTLC) to realize a flow of cyclists. The traffic light can therefore switch to green sooner or remain green longer based on the measurements by the i-Signum and the link via Monotch’s Talking Traffic platform.

  • What is your specific expertise in the field of traffic and transport?

Our expertise is in providing accurate real data about bicycles on cycle paths. This can also be combined with intelligent traffic light controllers (iTLC) to realize throughput for bicycles on cycle paths. The advantage is that it not only collects data but sends data as input to the iTLC at the same time. This way the traffic lights will be able to change to green sooner or remain green longer in case of cycle pelotons.

  • How do Cycledata and Monotch work together and what is the added value of this collaboration for Cycledata?

Cycledata’s radar technology linked with Monotch’s TLEX/UDAP data platform allows municipalities to prioritize cycling platoons. The more bicycles are signaled on the cycle path by the Signum, the more priority the traffic light can give. Thanks to the link with Monotch’s TLEX platform, our customers can now also directly manage traffic flows with the collected bicycle data. An important value addition to our i-Signum and services to municipalities and provinces. The pilot ‘Bicycle peloton recognition/intelligent traffic control systems in Utrecht is very successful and we can hopefully deploy our data link in other cities as well.

  • What do you expect from the Monotch partnership?

A professional collaboration with a professional party to jointly roll out the i-Signum, whereby Monotch is our partner for the link with intelligent traffic control systems. After the pilot in Utrecht, the first i-Signums will already be installed.

Monotch and Nodeon enhance C-ITS data exchange in Finland
New solution partner TriOpSys facilitates secure UDAP connection

Monotch and Nodeon enhance C-ITS data exchange in Finland

Dutch and Finnish smart mobility specialists Monotch and Nodeon have recently signed a partnership agreement for the deployment of C-ITS in Finland. With this collaboration, both parties underline the importance of data exchange via V2X platforms which provides many benefits for the stakeholders in the C-ITS ecosystem. By teaming up for the Finnish market Monotch and Nodeon are able to further promote the benefits of the TLEX I2V software platform, which is based on open European standards (ETSI, C-Roads, NordicWay, etc.) and to enhance it by incorporating new functionalities, payloads, and interfaces. The partnership will offer Finnish road authorities excellent opportunities to adopt the V2X platform for the Finnish market and deploy the C-ITS services to their fullest potential. The C-ITS services being rolled out in Finland range from Traffic light priority, to Traffic light optimization, to Real-time information services for road users.

Further enhancing the TLEX data exchange platform
Monotch provides data flows via the TLEX platform by connecting traffic light controllers and other roadside equipment to service providers, the automotive industry, road authorities, emergency services and ultimately road users. TLEX I2V is an example of a highly scalable system that is specifically designed to send and receive massive volumes of data with ultra-low latency. The ready-to-use technology with available interfacing and various protocol options is applied in the nationwide UDAP platform initiated by the Dutch Talking Traffic programme, in InterCor, Concorda and in the NordicWay3 project.

This perfectly matches with Nodeon’s familiarity with the Finnish traffic sector; in-depth knowledge of technological traffic systems and extensive knowledge and experience of data communication. Nodeon’s overall design in smart traffic projects often includes the integration design of electrical, automation, data communication, tele and safety systems as well as lighting. The combined market-ready solutions will make a significant contribution to traffic flow optimization and real-time information to road users. Both companies believe that collaboration is essential for the further rollout of C-ITS technology and C-ITS data exchange services.

It is clear that the deployment of ITS systems and data exchange via V2X platforms provides many benefits for the stakeholders in the C-ITS ecosystem. Road authorities are able to improve traffic flows and road safety and prioritize certain road users. Hereby freight traffic, emergency services, public transport and cyclists can be given priority over other traffic at traffic lights. But more importantly, the platforms are used to inform road users real-time.

As International Business Developer, Gary Lin, explains, Monotch has found the right match in Nodeon to make TLEX I2V the first-choice platform for I2V in Finland and to promote the Talking Traffic concept in Finland. “We will share experiences from C-ITS deployments in the Netherlands and implement them under new specifications and architectural set-ups that differ from our previous deployments. We are both confident to deploy the TLEX I2V platform in Finland, find pilot customers and realise the benefits of C-ITS services.”

Joined forces for further C-ITS roll-out in Scandinavia
“Monotch has gained a lot of experience in the field of data exchange in several European projects. If we can combine this with Nodeon’s expertise in implementing smart traffic projects, both parties can strengthen each other. We have been around implementing intelligent traffic infrastructure since the nineties and have influenced the development of ITS solutions and systems in our markets. For us, C-ITS is a natural path to leave a mark on the development of the ITS sector and next- generation ITS solutions. I believe we can be an excellent deployment partner for V2X platforms in Finland”, argues the Nodeon director of sales, Aapo Pöyhönen.

Menno Malta, CEO of Monotch, is also very pleased with this new partnership. “With TLEX we have assembled a neutral, open interface solution that supports the multi-vendor C-ITS eco-system including use-case tooling and KPI’s. We look forward to working with Nodeon to enter the Finnish market and cooperate closely to implement TLEX in C-ITS and Smart City projects in Finland and add new specifications.”

About Nodeon
Nodeon is a Finnish technology specialist with key expertise in smart traffic solutions and is especially active in the urban and inter-urban environment where it provides traffic flow solutions as well as traffic safety solutions. This varies from pre-designed ITS systems to system delivery and maintenance services including automation, electrical and telecommunication designing, system integration and software development. Its core expertise is the implementation of distributed data collection and device management solutions for infrastructure varying from sensor technologies, data collection and data communication solutions to industrial automation processes, as well as centralized data management systems and data analytics. Nodeon is active in Finland and Sweden.


Monotch joins NordicWay 3 programme
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Monotch joins NordicWay 3 programme

Recently Dutch ITS experts from Monotch have joined the NordicWay 3 programme. As an implementing body in the Swedish consortium they are a welcome addition to NordicWay 3 because they bring along valuable C-ITS user experience and new C-ITS applications. The Dutch smart mobility platform company specializes in connecting data, transactions, and services in the mobility ecosystem and is also data link supplier of the just launched Dutch Urban Data Access Platform (UDAP). This nationwide C-ITS platform receives data from roadside systems like intelligent traffic control systems, barriers, bollards and sensors and automatically sends this to the road authorities. Conversely, UDAP also receives (anonymised) travel and vehicle-related data from road users. In addition to the use of its TLEX I2V software platform for UDAP, Monotch also monitors the quality, security, and privacy of the data exchange.

Monotch’s role in the NordicWay 3 programme is to further develop the Swedish interchange network. According Gary Lin, International Business Developer at Monotch, the NordicWay 3 programme grants Monotch an unique opportunity to further develop and adapt its TLEX I2V platform into a network of functional, scalable, and sustainable interchange nodes that adheres to the needs of the Swedish ecosystem in NordicWay 3. “We look forward to sharing our experiences from C-ITS deployments in the Netherlands and are excited to incorporate the C-Road standards to our TLEX platform and implement it under new specifications and architectural set-ups that differ from previous deployments.”

Enhancing the TLEX data exchange platform
Monotch’s main objective for this programme is to enhance its TLEX platform by incorporating new functionalities, payloads, and interfaces. The focus of their developments will be centred around the requirements and specifications that are needed to achieve large scale C-ITS deployment in the Nordic countries. Monotch has joined various working groups, including the Exchange of Nodes working group and the Traffic Signals working group, and aims to contribute to the knowledge gained in Dutch and international ITS projects such as Talking Traffic, Intercor and Concorda. Further refinement will take place in the coming months in order to ensure project success in the future.

In July 2021 Monotch plans to go live with the Swedish interchange and will also provide local C-ITS data exchange services for several Proof of Concepts throughout the NordicWay 3 programme, e.g. the hybrid initiative in Gothenburg and the In-vehicle Signage Proof of Concept.

Contact person: Gary Lin – International Business Developer

From research to C-ITS deployment in NordicWay 3
C-ITS pilots NordicWay 2 and NordicWay 3 enable vehicles, infrastructure and network operators to communicate safety hazards and other information from roads in the Nordic countries between different stakeholders. The projects are a collaboration between public and private partners in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The NordicWay concept forms a blueprint for a scalable, interoperable C-ITS implementation, with embedded privacy, security and data governance solutions and is coming into operational use. NordicWay2 and 3 build on and further develop this successful concept, among others by establishing a federated network with multiple Interchange nodes.


Interview with new Monotch solution partner Sentors
Monotch and Nodeon enhance C-ITS data exchange in Finland
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Interview with new Monotch solution partner Sentors

Get to know our new solution partner Sentors in the below interview with founder Sander Maas.

Can you briefly explain what the activities of Sentors are and what your specific expertise in the field of traffic and transport is?

Sentors is a supplier of camera systems which are able to recognize sea containers and are placed at entrances and exits of container transits, depots, factories and shippers/warehouses. Sentors registers all container-related information that is important in the operation and planning of these organizations. This usually starts with the registration of the unique container identification code, but the container type and a dangerous goods indication are also included. The same applies to the license plates of the truck and trailer with which the container is transported, and in case of a train we also register the wagon code. This information is then bundled and forwarded to the planning software in real time.

The benefits of the camera system are time savings, error checks whether the correct container is on the right trailer, and a billing check. The information can also be used as evidence in disputes in the event of container damage. A major advantage of our approach is the modular set-up and flexible deployment. We can already start with one camera and existing infrastructure such as masts can be reused.

We mainly focus on logistics applications, but for multimodal modes of transport (water, rail and road). This means that our applications are also conceivable for traffic and transport, such as measuring how many containers are transported by road or rail or registering the transport of dangerous goods.

How do Sentors and Monotch work together and what is the added value of this collaboration for Sentors?

The added value of working with Monotch is actually twofold for us. On the one hand, it concerns the sector in which Monotch is active. With our products we also see opportunities for applications in the traffic sector and Monotch already provides solutions for accessing traffic data with which municipalities and provinces are familiar. So if we are going to do traffic measurements for road authorities, then we could open this up to Monotch, and Monotch can further enrich this with other data sources, create dashboards on them, and make this data accessible to different users.

On the other hand, it concerns Monotch’s technical platform. Our solutions are aimed at serving one organization that owns the camera system and the site itself. But as soon as this is accessible for multiple users all with different rights and interests, whether or not supplemented with other data sources, you get completely different dynamics and need expertise around data governance. So who can see what, and how do you draw up these data governance rules? Monotch already has a lot of experience with this and has arranged this in their TLEX platform for, among other things, the traffic control systems (TLCs). Both aspects are also reflected in our collaboration in the DALI project at the Port and Industrial Estate of Moerdijk. Here Sentors takes care of the container registration at the entrance and Monotch uses this data and supplements it with other data such as gates and TLCs, and makes this data accessible.

What do you expect from the Monotch partnership?

We have been working together for a year now in the DALI project in Moerdijk and the collaboration already feels familiar. Paul Potters and I have known each other for several years before we started working together, so that also helps. We are now looking at options for further rollout of our joint solutions, especially at the intersection of traffic and logistics. For example in industrial areas, or public traffic applications with a logistics element such as container transport. We are actually complementary to this, both in terms of market focus and in the technical field. I expect this to be applied into more projects in which we will work together in the short term, not only in the Netherlands but also in Belgium, for example.

Camera system ensures efficient container registration at Port of Moerdijk
Monotch joins NordicWay 3 programme

Data platform UDAP is the new smart mobility standard

The Dutch Urban Data Access Platform (UDAP) has been live since the 1st of January 2021: offering one central data platform where all information about smart mobility can be received and sent. Menno Malta founder of Monotch and supplier of the software for the platform and accompanying dashboard explains how it works in the SmartReads of the Smart Mobility platform of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. “All intelligent traffic light controllers (iTLCs) in the Netherlands use the new platform, but much more is possible.” Smart mobility requires a smart exchange of information between road users and road authorities. On behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, UDAP has been developed to enable fast, reliable and easy data exchange between road authorities, road users and service providers.

UDAP is expected to provide direct benefits for more efficient traffic flows in many municipalities and that a range of diverse service providers is able to develop all kinds of useful in-car information services based on the data. For example, UDAP can give priority to emergency services and also warn other traffic users via the service providers (app or navigation). Malta: “If you are the only one on the road at night and you use Flitsmeister Onderweg or RingRing, then, in principle, the connected traffic lights will always give you a green light.”

The implementation of these applications lies with the users, but UDAP facilitates the underlying data exchange. That makes a lot of applications possible. Malta: “From time to green and advisory speeds for road users via apps to prioritizing road traffic at intelligent intersections. But in the future, we can also use it for measuring tire pressure via sensors and all kinds of other data. We expect that several thousand additional infrastructural objects will be connected in the coming years.”

Send large bulk safely
The distinctive strength of UDAP and the software is the mass of volume that the system can receive and send with ultra-low latency. “The platform is built to exchange large volumes quickly and securely. In the first practical case in which all Dutch iTLCs are connected, we immediately see the result. An example: within a few milliseconds data travels from the iTLC on the street to UDAP and on to the applications of road users along the way.”

750 operational iTLCs on UDAP
Safety and speed are a requirement, but also a major challenge. The rules for connection to UDAP are therefore deliberately strict. “At the moment there are approximately 750 iTLCs that are operational. For each iTLC it is recorded how quickly it responds to the data sent. If that response falls outside x number of milliseconds, the software will issue a warning. If the response time is not adjusted, we disconnect that iTLC from the system. After that, it must first be demonstrated that the iTLC meets the requirements again before it can be reconnected to UDAP. These audits are important to prevent strange data from intervening that does not belong on the platform. Not every road operator can be connected to UDAP just like that. Continuing to test extensively for conformity to the quality requirements is an important measure in order to ensure the data security.”

Click here for the full Dutch article on the Smart Mobility AMA site.




Successful launch of the Dutch Urban Data Access Platform
Camera system ensures efficient container registration at Port of Moerdijk

Successful launch of the Dutch Urban Data Access Platform

With a successful go-live on the 5th of January and three well-attended information sessions in early 2021, the Urban Data Access Platform (UDAP) has officially been launched. All road authorities and certified service providers in the Netherlands can now use the numerous data services of the new national data platform, which was developed as a data exchange point in the Talking Traffic chain on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. In recent weeks, all intelligent traffic light controllers (iTLCs) have been linked to the platform. In the coming years, that number will increase further and other objects will also be connected to UDAP, such as bollards, sensors, and measuring systems for tire pressure and height clearance. Thanks to the ultra-fast data exchange via UDAP, intelligent infrastructure can make an important contribution to traffic flow, road safety, and sustainability in the Netherlands.

What do the initiators say about UDAP?
As initiator and client for the development of UDAP, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management expects UDAP to bring benefits. In particular, the Ministry expects a more efficient flow of traffic and further development of information services for road users. In addition to the data exchange, useful functions have been added to UDAP such as quality control, quality monitoring, a link to other objects besides iTLCs, and a function to define the policy rules for vehicle priority. “In the coming year we will not only gain more insight into the data exchange with intelligent objects and the impact on traffic flow but also, for example, for applications for road safety and sustainability,” says Vincent Habers, Senior advisor ITS and responsible for the implementation of UDAP on behalf of the Talking Traffic partnership.

Monotch provides the data link for UDAP, the in milliseconds reliable exchange of intelligent TLC data and vehicle travel data. Menno Malta from Monotch explains how this platform works: “UDAP receives data from various roadside systems, regardless of the supplier, and automatically sends this data to the road authorities. Conversely, UDAP also receives (anonymised) travel and vehicle-related data from road users. In addition to the use of the TLEX I2V software platform for UDAP, we monitor the quality, security, and privacy of the data exchange. The status of all data is made transparent in dashboards. As of the 1st of March, road authorities will proactively receive notifications and advice for follow-up when the connection to the linked objects is lost. For questions about UDAP reports and protocols, road authorities can contact a special helpdesk that is also supported by the traffic managers of MAP traffic management (MAPtm).”

MAPtm, a company specialized in operational traffic management, assisted Monotch in setting up the quality controls of the data. Together with Monotch, they also formulated the performance indicators for all intersections in the Netherlands. These performance indicators are continuously monitored via UDAP and revised every six months. Where necessary, MAPtm also provides road authorities with traffic engineering support for the Information, Priority, and Optimizing services via UDAP. MAPtm’s Nuno Rodrigues, states that the more iTLC and vehicle data are used, the more impact we will notice on the road networks.

Direct added value for road authorities
During the information sessions, road authorities, service providers, and suppliers of roadside systems had the opportunity to already get acquainted with the data services and linking options of UDAP. They are enthusiastic about the possibilities, as UDAP now offers them extensive monitoring and reporting functionalities with information about the status and data flows of the connected roadside systems. Road authorities are especially happy that everything is organized on a single platform.

According to Jaco van Veldhuijsen, Smart Mobility project manager at the Province of Utrecht who also participated in the test before the delivery of UDAP, the convenience of having everything in one place and with a direct view of all connected objects and data flows is a gigantic step forward for road authorities. “In this way, we keep an eye on and keep control over the traffic flows in the region and we immediately receive notifications in the dashboard when something goes wrong in the data exchange. Based on the advice received following the report, you can then find out where the data flow is stuck. It is also possible to adjust the priority regulation ourselves and in the event of calamities and road works we can also intervene in the system and pause the connection for example.”

Smart routing over the network with the help of TLEX
Data platform UDAP is the new smart mobility standard

Smart routing over the network with the help of TLEX

In the ‘Slim sturen’ (Smart Routing) project from SmartwayZ.NL, road authorities and technology vendors are informing service providers about applied traffic measures. All with the aim of having more influence on traffic flows and providing road users with even better information. By providing them with accurate and up-to-date travel information service providers are able to inform their users about adapted driving routes in case of accidents, major events and work activities. Monotch plays an important role in realizing the technical data chain. For the TLEX platform not only collects traffic-related information and prepares it for distribution, but also supplies it to service providers who are able to process the provided information in navigation applications and disseminate it among (road) users.

Collaborating in the traffic 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 in order to offer a complete information flow. This involved digitizing the information, as well as the technical chain tests and ultimately setting up a working digital network vision.

By 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 the traffic flows.

Digitizing a network vision
The ‘Slim sturen’ (Smart Routing) project is also related to digitizing the network vision of road authorities. With the project road authorities would like to optimize their ‘desired’ use of the road network 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 that are 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 in the case of road works, events and accidents. In this way, the service provider is able to support the road authority in realizing its policy goals.

This “underlay” for navigation systems gives service providers an insight into the desired use of the road network and therefore lays an important basis for suppliers of navigation software in including the network vision into their maps and travel information services. With the ultimate goal: realizing safer traffic and a better flow of traffic.

For more information about the ‘Slim sturen’ project, you can watch the Dutch Smart routing animation.

Monotch wins European tender for Dutch Urban Data Access Platform
Successful launch of the Dutch Urban Data Access Platform

Monotch wins European tender for Dutch Urban Data Access Platform

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has selected Monotch as supplier of a nationwide C-ITS platform that will provide data exchange between road users and roadside systems such as intelligent traffic control systems, barriers and sensors. The C-ITS platform, called UDAP (Urban Data Access Platform) will make an important contribution to traffic flow, road safety and sustainability in the Netherlands. In addition to the delivery of their TLEX I2V software platform Monotch will also be responsible for overseeing the quality, security and privacy of the data exchange.

National data platform
At the end of September Monotch signed a 4 to 8-year exclusive contract with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management for the data services. All intelligent traffic light controllers in the Netherlands will be using the new platform, which will be fully operational from January 1st 2021. UDAP receives data from all kinds of objects (regardless of the supplier) and delivers this automatically, but conversely also receives (anonymised) travel and vehicle-related data from road users. UDAP uses TLEX, which was previously applied in the Innovation Partnership Talking Traffic. The data collection and exchange via UDAP is of important added value for both road users and authorities, as well as for knowledge and research institutions.

TLC use cases immediately live
Right from the start in January 2021 the TLC (Traffic Light Controller) use cases ‘informing, prioritizing and optimizing’ will deliver major benefits for municipalities and road users. Such as informing road users (Information service), in which data from TLCs can be used to inform and advise road users about advisory speeds for a green wave, time-to-green and time-to red e.g. Or prioritizing certain road users (Priority service), whereby emergency services, freight traffic, public transport and cyclists can get priority at traffic lights. But also optimizing traffic flows (Optimizing service), where data from vehicles is used for traffic control, so that traffic can flow more smoothly over a longer distance and on larger parts of the road network.

Further upscaling
The number of connected intelligent TLCs will be scaled up nationally in the coming years. In addition, other types of objects are currently being linked, such as tire pressure measurement systems, bollards and sensors incorporated into the road surface. Many thousands of objects will be connected within a few years.

Reliable, fast, safe and clear
To the core task of UDAP, the in milliseconds reliable exchange of intelligent TLC data and vehicle travel data, four important extra functions were added, namely: quality control, quality monitoring, a link with other objects and a Priority Broker Configurator function. The status of all data is clearly displayed in dashboards with, among other things, the status of the connected objects, the extent of data exchange, tests whether a vehicle is authorized, and real-time reports on use cases.

Vincent Habers, who supervised the European tender on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management for the public-private partnership Talking Traffic, indicates that Monotch already has a great deal of experience in working with intelligent TLCs. “With UDAP we will go one step further with the service. We expect that UDAP will immediately yield benefits for traffic flows in many municipalities and that a range of different service providers can develop all kinds of useful in-car information services based on the data”.

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