Mobility in the European Union must be efficient, safe and green, but how do you achieve this and earn money at the same time? ‘Business modelling has been the “hot potato” of SOCRATES2.0 since the start of the project, but we are starting to make progress with this now, says Jan Maarten van den Berg, business manager SOCRATES2.0 at the Dutch Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat).
Intending to lessen the consequences of roadworks, an intermediary trusted party combined the data from the public and private partners in the SOCRATES2.0 project. ‘We now have a more complete picture of when and where roadworks take place,’ say Nuno Rodrigues and Ruud van den Dries from MAPtm.
With the SOCRATES2.0 pilots coming to an end in the coming months, we are zooming in on several interesting use cases in the pilot city of Copenhagen. ‘By integrating the data, it’s easier to avoid traffic jams, to give cyclists more space and to take measures in case of air pollution,’ says Jan Romijnders, mobility consultant at Technolution.
After three years of close cooperation, the pilots in the SOCRATES2.0 project will be rounded off at the end of the year, followed by an evaluation and consolidation phase. ‘While we couldn’t carry out everything as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic, we could do most of it, and we certainly gained a lot of knowledge,’ says project manager Tiffany Vlemmings. She also outlined this during the ITS Virtual congress this week.
As a result of the Corona virus outbreak and the so-called “lockdowns” in all four SOCRATES pilot cities (Amsterdam, Antwerp, Copenhagen and Munich), the pilots have come to a temporary halt. Traffic in some cities has fallen by more than 50% since mid-March, and no major events will take place until September this year. For the project, this came at the worst possible time. After months of preparations, the first user experiences were gained within 4 use cases. The use cases should also have been operational during the months of March to June.
The SOCRATES pilot in Amsterdam was launched today, with a new navigation service to improve the traffic flow around Amsterdam. In the event of imminent traffic jams, drivers will be offered an alternative route in time via the navigation system. Thus, the traffic will be better spread over the total road network, resulting in fewer traffic jams. The services are offered by TomTom, Be-Mobile (Flitsmeister) and BrandMKRS (Livecrowd Mobility). The service providers are looking for testers of the services.
In the coming months, the Flemish Traffic Control Centre (part of the Agency for Roads and Traffic), BMW Group, Be-Mobile and MAPtm will be testing a new ‘smart tunnel service’ on the Antwerp ring road. This will help them assess whether they can distribute traffic in a dynamic and clever way between the Kennedy and Liefkenshoek tunnels, in order to reduce traffic jams near the Kennedy Tunnel.
What’s going on in the different pilotsites: Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Munich? What is the progress in setting up the cooperation, and how far are the partners in realising the smart traffic and navigation services? Let’s take a look behind the scenes in Antwerp.
What’s going on in the different pilotsites: Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen en Munich? What is the progress in setting up the cooperation, and how far are the partners in realising the smart traffic and navigation services? In different interviews with project members we take a look behind the scenes in Munich.
The partners in SOCRATES2.0 demonstrated some of the use cases and intermediary roles for public private cooperation in traffic management. We received some European delegates, and presented two papers and hosted a Special Interest Session. The ITS Congress in pictures.
SOCRATES2.0 is presenting itself to the international ITS community dring the ITS Europe Congress (3-6 June, Eindhoven, the Netherlands). Different private Service Providers demonstrate a Smart Tunnel Service, which will be tested in the Antwerp region. And we are also demonstrating several intermediary roles to be deployed in use cases in Intractive Traffic Management, for example the Assessor dashboard for the optimal route guidance service in Amsterdam and Antwerp.
The public and private partners in the European project SOCRATES2.0 develop and test various smart traffic information and navigation services for road users, such as optimized navigation advice at major events and road works. The challenge is not only the technical realization of the services, but also lies in the cooperation. In order to shape the cooperation, six cooperation models have been developed, in which the role of the so-called "Intermediary" as a completely new function is implemented.