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 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 project, see


C-ITS technology provides fuel savings for trucks

Trucks connected to iTLCs (intelligent traffic light controllers) consume substantially less fuel than regular trucks, according to the first results of the ‚Connected Transport Corridors‘ project. Five hundred trucks that do not have to stop five times a day can save a transport company nearly € 1 million. Within the project, the enthusiasm to participate is growing among transporter companies. Logical, for it provides significant benefits.

Data exchange between traffic light controllers makes it possible to give road users the green light, offer optimized speed advice and to give priority to specific road users such as trucks and emergency services. Being connected to traffic light controllers can provide significant fuel savings for transport companies. And it also provides many social benefits, such as a reduction in CO2 emissions and safer traffic. By giving the green light, trucks no longer have to stop and accelerate at traffic lights, so they use much less fuel and emit less CO2. And moreover, connected road users can be informed more quickly about approaching emergency and emergency services.

The TLEX I2V platform from Monotch provides the connection between the iTLCs and the truck drivers in the Netherlands. Freight forwarders such as Vos Transport and Gist Netherlands who are already driving around with this connected technology showed their initial findings.

Vos Transport calculated that 250 connected trucks would save no less than 194.620 euros per year by avoiding two stops per day – a very cautious scenario. It also leads to a reduction of more than 344.530 kg of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to planting 1.871 trees. Gist Netherlands has equipped seven trucks with connected technology at the end of 2019 and also sees many advantages in the data exchange via TLEX. With connected trucks, fuel consumption decreased by as much as 6.1%, and there was 26.2% less braking. So valuable first insights.


Monotch realizes data chain for Digital Traffic Management Rules project

In the MobilitymoveZ.NL Digital Traffic Management Rules project, road operators are making the use of traffic measures available to service providers with the aim of providing better travel information to road users. In this way, service providers are able to contribute to solving traffic problems in the region. This includes providing accurate and up-to-date travel information and informing road users about changed driving routes. The „Digital Traffic Management Rules“ project lays the foundation for sharing this strategic traffic management information with service providers and road users.

When road operators share their network vision with service providers, they can then inform road users about the use of traffic management rules and advise on them the most socially desirable routes, for example in case of road works, events and accidents. This allows service providers to support road operators in achieving policy goals.

Monotch plays an important role in the realization of a technical data chain in which information is collected (for example from traffic centres), then prepared for distribution by an intermediary and then distributed to the service provider for information processing in applications in order to disseminate travel information among (road) users.

The operational implementation of the technical data chain is currently underway, possibly using existing solutions such as TLEX.

About MobilitymoveZ.NL
MobilitymoveZ.NL is an experimental environment in which both private and public parties are testing smart mobility solutions to meet the social challenges of the future. The focus lies on the development of connected autonomous driving, in combination with electrical propulsion and on-demand services. Thanks to experimentation, development and practice in the real world it gradually becomes clear what works and what does not. In relation to both personal and goods transport.


Monotch technology partner in GLOSA „driver assistant“ project

At the end of January, SmartwayZ.NL teamed up with a dozen public and private parties, including car manufacturer Ford, at the Automotive Campus in Helmond to test a driver assistant. The test was used to determine if, and how ‚GLOSA‘ (Green Light Optimal Speed Advice) can be used for driver assistance and comfort services. With GLOSA drivers could be informed on approaching red lights, well in advance. It could even advice driving speeds for smoothly passing through the green light. GLOSA could also help road authorities to better manage the traffic, reduce emissions, increase safety and comfort. The technology behind GLOSA ensures communication between cars and smart traffic lights. The aim is that the driver gets an in-car speed advice in order to get green at the next traffic light.

Monotch provided the interface to unlock the data from the intelligent traffic lights. Monotch made data communication available via an IF2 interface to Ford’s test vehicles.

The test day on 31 January was successful and gained many insights for follow-up tests to give the driver realistic speed advice because with this GLOSA „driver assistant“ a lot can be gained. Not only does the journey become much more relaxed and comfortable for the driver, it also greatly reduces emissions. Because of a better flow of traffic, there is less need for braking and accelerating. When the time really comes, it will also lead to less delay.

GLOSA is not an existing technology, but it is a technology that can be of added value for the user, as well as for car manufacturers, service providers and road authorities. For the latter group, GLOSA, can be used in a „light variant“ as a steering tool, provided that the intersections continue to work well of course. This means much more testing to do, to get it from development to deployment.

Parties in the SmartwayZ.NL within this project are: BeMobile, Connected Signals, Dynniq, MAPtm, Monotch, Sweco, Swarco, Vialis, V-tron and Technolution. A number of authorities are also affiliated, including the municipality of Breda and Helmond and the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management.

Link to the full SmartwayZ.NL press release.

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