The Netherlands has challenged itself to significantly reduce road congestion and it’s looking to HERE to help it achieve its goals.
HERE and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment are working together to demonstrate the power of a cellular network-based Co-operative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) to show how it could tackle traffic problems in the Netherlands. The showcase has been requested as part of the Dutch Beter Benutten (Optimising Use) programme which strives to solve mobility problems in the Netherlands in new and innovative ways.
Two roads for traffic
ITS solutions allow road users and traffic management centres to quickly understand road and traffic conditions along their route and discover any problems that might crop up. Currently, there are two different paths that transportation authorities might follow to create such systems. The first – known as DSRC – involves heavy investment in road-side sensors and new, dedicated radio channels. The second – the Cellular approach – makes use of existing 4G/LTE networks and devices, feeding into and out of the HERE location cloud to share information. C-ITS can also take advantage of existing investment in road-side infrastructure to create a hybrid system.
This video shows how the system works.
Project manager for Beter Benutten, Caspar de Jonge, explains:
“The Beter Benutten programme will last until 2018. We’re ambitious, and looking at all the possibilities in short and long range communication based services. As we want to achieve results quickly, when we discovered the interesting DTI (Digital Transportation Infrastructure) concept offered by HERE, we felt we should certainly explore it further.”
According to Caspar, this C-ITS approach has a number of attractive advantages.
“This C-ITS solution utilises existing cellular 4G network technology. We don’t need to add specific roadside infrastructure or expect consumers to pay for additional On-Board units. Instead, we can make use of the devices consumers already have.” Caspar notes that around 80 per cent of Dutch adults already own a smartphone and that mobile network penetration is ubiquitous. “This significantly reduces the cost of deployment.”
Its use of existing resources also allows the solution to be created very quickly, and that’s definitely a plus point for the Netherlands: “Speed of deployment is critical to us,” says Caspar. “We have to implement solutions in 2016. By 2017, we want to be able to show we have made a difference: a good, measurable effect on our roads.”
Nonetheless, says Caspar, the HERE C-ITS approach also appears to tick all the boxes when it comes to quality, accurately delivering messages at sub-second speeds. “HERE is very much set for low latency message delivery, and to demonstrate this parallel to current and future DSRC G5 test initiatives, supports the Dutch hybrid strategy.”
Our company’s existing work within the automotive industry is also a recommendation. “HERE is able to service four out of every five new cars in the world. It’s embedded in the automotive sector, and already has a significant installed base of road users,” says Caspar.
EU Head of Industry and Government Relations for the Automotive group at HERE, Ahmed Nasr, tells us:
“The Netherlands is one of the most forward-thinking countries in Europe when it comes to Intelligent Transport Systems. We have been keen to explore the potential of our DTI approach with them.”
“The beauty of our solution is that every road user can take advantage. It doesn’t need connected cars, which probably won’t be a majority until 2020. With HERE DTI, even a cyclist with a smartphone can be a part of this. Or a bus. Or an emergency vehicle.”
“HERE and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment share the same vision that the cellular-based solutions have a remarkable role in C-ITS. We are confident this technology will allow a fast deployment at a low cost and with rapid measurable benefits for road users.”
“HERE will be demonstrating our DTI approach in the first half of 2016 during the Dutch EU presidency in Amsterdam.”