Press release: Talking Traffic successfully brought into practice in Deventer
Amersfoort, 11 December 2017 – Last Friday in Deventer, Dynniq realised a completely functional, interactive intersection, also called iVRI (interactive traffic control system), as part of the Partnership Talking Traffic. After a period of intensive testing, Dynniq can now show that the communication and collaboration between the three components of the iVRI – the regulator, the application, and the information system – works in practice. The iVRI is implemented at the intersection of the Van Oldenielstraat and the Hoge Hondstraat in Deventer. This is the start of increasing the accessibility of the Hanzetracé, the main route through Deventer.
Optimal traffic flow
The iVRI is linked to individual road users via the internet, ensuring a more intelligent regulation of traffic. Smart products and applications such as the CrossWalk and CrossCycle apps already launched by Dynniq can be linked to the system. With apps like these, road users see new information appearing on their smartphone about, for example, the amount of time before they have a green light. In addition, it can provide a more relaxed way of driving for certain vehicles, such as lorries, when the green lights are adjusted to their presence. The iVRI delivers a huge amount of data that can be supplemented with all kinds of other data which can benefit the development of new functionalities, such as the more or longer green lights for cyclists when it rains.
Interoperability is the key to Talking Traffic
For Dynniq, as part of the Talking Traffic Partnership, to be one of the first parties to put the total iVRI system into operation was no small feat. Bas Heutinck, Technology Manager at Dynniq: “We are creating true innovations here, with new technology, new components, and new ideas. This also means that we must ensure that all elements from an entire chain of parties are interchangeable and can be linked to each other to ascertain a flawless communication between the road user’s app and the iVRI.’
Traffic policy optimisation through advanced data
Haye Mensonides, Business Development Director at Dynniq, sees the delivery as a logical next step in the realisation of Dynniq’s vision on smart mobility: ‘The iVRI is necessary for smart apps to work and to develop smart cities. With this technology, municipalities have more resources available to achieve their policy objectives with regard to quality of life, safety, and sustainability in urban and rural areas. With the use of smart data models we can better predict how the actually present traffic will behave, so that we can adjust the traffic lights to the traffic in a very flexible manner.”
Deventer launching customer iVRI solution
The junction of Oldenielstraat and Hoge Hondstraat in Deventer has been selected because the street is used by various types of transport: slow traffic, public transport, and cars. The design of the traffic control at the junction is set up in collaboration with Deventer and geared towards the municipality’s requirements and mobility policy.
Nico van Beugen, traffic expert of the municipality of Deventer: ‘The Hanzetracé supports the city. Because we stimulate traffic to use this route, we alleviate the traffic on other roads. ImFlow from Dynniq is rolled out across the entire Hanzetracé, so that we can deal with the traffic heading to the A1 in an optimal manner. The new technology enables us to better organise and regulate issues such as road safety and traffic flows.
About the Talking Traffic Partnership
Dynniq is part of the Talking Traffic Innovation Partnership: in this, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management cooperates with regional and local government authorities and with around twenty market participants from the traffic industry, telecom, and other service providers on the development of innovative traffic applications. The objective is to improve the accessibility, traffic flows, road safety, and quality of life on Dutch road networks in the busiest regions and cities through real-time information exchange between road users and traffic systems. The government and the private sector are working together on the development and exploitation in a long-term innovation partnership until the end of 2020. Research has shown that traffic lights are not properly adjusted which results in social damages amounting to around €90 million per year. With the use of Talking Traffic iVRIs, traffic can be controlled more intelligently and handled much more effectively. Before the end of 2018, approximately 1268 VRIs will be modified to iVRIs. It is the intention that the other VRIs (5500 in total in the Netherlands) will be modified over the coming years.