Priority for emergency services in The Netherlands
Getting from A to B as quickly as possible: crucial for fire brigades, ambulances and police services. Just few seconds can literally make the difference between life and death. These emergency services therefore benefit greatly from the information provided by Talking Traffic.
Communication between the vehicle and the intersection is key. The emergency call centre reports an incident. At that moment, the itinerary will be made known. The traffic lights now know that an emergency services vehicle is on its way and can pave the way for it. Cars that are on the road, which the emergency services vehicle needs to pass will get a green light so that they can drive off before the emergency services vehicle gets there. It goes without saying that the emergency services vehicle gets highest priority, in other words a green wave all the way to the scene of the incident. Road safety benefits from emergency services vehicles no longer having to run the light and the services reach the scenes of the incident more quickly.
If drivers suddenly hear a siren behind them, this can sometimes cause nervousness. Some people even ‘freeze’: for a brief moment they do not know how to respond. Understandably, as it requires a deviation from regular traffic regulations making the traffic situation much less predictable.
Talking Traffic warns road users of approaching ambulances or fire engines much sooner. They will then no longer be taken aback by upcoming sirens and have more time to make room for the emergency services vehicle. This makes driving in traffic a lot safer both for road users as well as for the emergency services.
TLEX is the connecting platform that facilitates communication between traffic lights and road users. Monotch provided the interface to unlock the data from the intelligent traffic lights. On the basis of a link with the traffic control installations, Monotch made data communication available to road users via an IF2 interface. Of course, with a minimum of latency and maximum security.
For the full article see Talking Traffic site.