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.