Thanks to Be-Mobile’s innovation, Dutch ambulances are safer on the road

The branch association Ambulancezorg Nederland (AZN) will collaborate with TISA Member Be-Mobile, supplier of smart mobility services from Melle, for the construction and delivery of its own innovative C-ITS platform. With this platform, the ambulance sector links up on a national scale with the services developed within the Partnership Talking Traffic. In this project, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management works together with dozens of other authorities and market parties on innovative traffic applications.

The Be-Mobile technology ensures that smart traffic lights can give ambulances a green light and thus a safe passage across an intersection. In addition, road users are warned that an ambulance is approaching to allow them to anticipate. This contributes to greater safety for road users, the ambulance team and the patient in the ambulance.

International provider of smart mobility services Be-Mobile is proud to have been selected by AZN to deliver the platform. ‘This is a very big step for the ambulance sector and a first in Europe,’ says Jan Cools, CEO at Be-Mobile. ‘The availability of high-frequency data, directly from the sector’s national systems, will allow us to make optimal use of our technology to facilitate the prioritization of smart traffic lights and to alert other road users via apps such as Flitsmeister’, Cools continues. ‘Be-Mobile is responsible for the safe processing of the data, taking into account all the regulations concerning privacy and the protection of personal data.’

At the end of October 2020, the members of AZN decided that all ambulance regions will connect to Talking Traffic via the sector’s national ICT systems. Be-Mobile has been commissioned by AZN to establish the link with Talking Traffic in the first quarter of the new year. Road safety is the primary motivation. Victor Verrijp, chairman board committee Innovation & ICT, AZN: ‘The fact that this technology can significantly improve safety for all road users is sufficient motivation for us. By taking into account the route of the ambulance, a ‘Green Carpet’ can be rolled out and in the long run delays by, for example, bridge openings and movable bollards can be prevented.’

The introduction of this technology for all emergency and rescue vehicles in the Netherlands has been under consideration for some time now. Recent statistics show that on average at least once a week there is an accident with an emergency vehicle that is forced to drive through a red light on its way to a calamity. Prioritization by smart traffic lights is one of the examples of what is possible with this type of C-ITS technology and it looks like the fire department, police and defense will soon follow. In more and more places in the Netherlands (the counter reaches almost 750 in mid-December and the number is growing steadily) we see smart traffic lights and in this way giving priority becomes possible.

Also in Flanders, through the MobiliData program of the Flemish government, steps are being taken to come up with similar innovative mobility solutions. Ambulances can therefore cross intersections at smart traffic lights in Flanders with a green light instead of a red one. At the same time, other road users are warned that emergency service is approaching, allowing them to anticipate this in time.


An overview of three generations of TTI technology, including TPEG

The IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) in the UK has just published a new book “Collection and Delivery of Traffic and Travel Information” (ISBN 978-1-78561-772-0), in which TISA, RDS and TPEG have been given very extensive coverage.

The book provides coverage of the following topics, written by a range of experts in their respective fields: road traffic data collection; road traffic news from the air; location referencing; digital coding, collation and exchange of traffic information; European developments in traffic and travel information; the role of the commercial sector in developing road traffic information in the UK and Europe; dynamic road traffic signage; smart motorway information development; contribution of cooperative ITS to road traffic and travel information; multi modal traffic and travel information; social media and traffic and travel information; social media services and business models; and finally traffic and travel information into the future.

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TISA “TPEG3: Dynamic Information for Automated Vehicles” paper is now available

TISA’s paper “TPEG3: Dynamic Information for Automated Vehicles” is now available for download. This paper was submitted as part of the latest Virtual ITS European Congress and focusses on traffic-related aspects of I4AD supporting AD (Autonomous Driving) vehicles and passengers to stay safe while driving. The paper also outlines technical solutions that solve relevant technical and business issues in context with automated driving, addressing also that not all vehicles are automated. Particular focus is set on example use cases and ‘TPEG3 as a product’ in terms of functional, non-functional and business requirements.

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TomTom publishes 2020 Traffic Index

The TomTom Traffic Index has been providing detailed insights on traffic congestion levels in over 400 cities around the world for the past 10 years. The report ranks cities from the most to the least congested. It’s powered by real traffic data and reflects all the changes on our roads in 2020, so it’s no surprise that this year’s ranking is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

The index also takes into consideration the impact that COVID-19 had on traffic.

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TISA welcomes a new Member: QMap

TISA is delighted to welcome a new Member to the Group: QMap.

A company based in Italy, QMap is active in ITS and has been able to bring innovation in different fields of application, earning the trust of the large public and private companies. Among its most important references, QMap is working with the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for the implementation of the new official versions of TMC.

An important development of QMap is QUBE, a Geospatial Platform which offers solutions and services for infomobility, analyzing every day more than 250 million GPS points moving on a TMC-based map network, monitoring more than 100 thousand km of road network and generating about 20 thousand alerts.

As a TISA Member, QMap will benefit from priority access to TISA specifications and guidelines, the work with an experienced product-driven team of experts, advocacy and global outreach and much more.

The Traveller Information Services Association is always open for new organisations to join. More information on how to join TISA can be found at this link.