01-01-2018

Mini docu: Partner reflections on the SOCRATES2.0 project and results

In a 12-minute documentary, all cooperating partners reflect on their expectations at the start of the project. They highlight the results that are most important to them, how they experienced the cooperation, the usefulness of the developed framework, the lessons they learned and the follow-up: what they encourage other parties in Europe to do with their conclusions.

 

A small preview

Serge van Dam, the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Dutch: Rijkswaterstaat):“Over the years we’ve learned that managing traffic on our own doesn’t work. We need to cooperate with other partners, both other road authorities as well as service providers. We can’t do it alone. So the main goal of this project was to find a way to cooperate with these partners.”

 

Irina Koller-Matschke, BMW Group: 
“We as BMW Group participated in SOCRATES2.0, because we think cooperation with other partners is the basis for good services. And the main thing in this cooperation is that we trust each other. And building up trust it means that we know each other’s concerns, that we know how the other partners think and that we come to a main understanding on how we want to interact and how we can collaborate.”

 

Alexander Kröller, TomTom:
“For TomTom and TomTom driver navigation it’s very often about fast and safe. How to get to your destination as quickly as possible, without considering anything else. And the system we developed in SOCRATES2.0 allows us to influence that route by adding something else into the mix. Something that combines it with common or public goals and offers it as an alternative to a driver. And we find that they actually appreciate that.”

 

Wim Broeders, MAPtm: 
“Well, data sharing between competitors is always a tricky issue, because you don’t want to give your competitor your information. The role of an intermediary can help with that, because the intermediary can bring that data together, add value to it and give it back to the service provider without exchanging data between competitors. That helps create trust, but it also heightens the overall quality of the data and eventually of the service.”

 

Patrick Deknudt, Agency for Roads and Traffic, Flanders (Dutch: Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer Vlaanderen: “Well, I think we’re most proud of the very nice use case we managed to create in Antwerp, which was the smart tunnel service. In essence it is quite simple, but also very appealing to both service providers and road users. It was also something that none of the parties would have come up with on their own. It really was the fruit of cooperation and it demonstrated that cooperative traffic management can be beneficial for everyone. So, there was a clear win-win-win.”

 

Art Feitsma, BrandMKRS: 
“BrandMKRS is a relatively young and small but very innovative company. We knew we’d be able to contribute new type of services to the international Smart Mobility toolbox. “We don’t have our own app but use existing and trusted apps to inform the user. We don’t have a dedicated user base. Instead we use social media apps, and we form communities for the occasion. This is not typical, but it is very effective and also very much appreciated.”

 

Matthias Mann, HERE Technologies: 
“My advice – not only to road authorities, but also to service providers – is that,  to enable interactive traffic management and make the transition towards more a cooperative world possible, is to emphasise the standards and the harmonization of standards more. Because a standard that is not commonly used is not a standard.”

 

Mark Grefhorst, Be-Mobile:
“The first piece of advice I’d give is to make sure you have the right parties at the table, and make sure all the data and information is available. This I think is a very important condition. And also, be open to investigate new business models or new services you don’t know or you’re maybe a bit uncertain of. So really, I’d like to challenge road operators to be open-minded and constructive in working together with service providers.”

 

Peter Lubrich, Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt):
“So, the project does not end here, but there will be other actions and follow-up projects, which I’m looking forward to.”

 

Watch the documentary for more on what the partners say about the project.