Milestone reached with 700th intelligent traffic light online
A well-deserved compliment to all road authorities and suppliers of intelligent traffic lights in the Netherlands! A significant milestone was reached in early December with the 700th intelligent traffic light online and active in the Talking Traffic data chain. The national digital transition in mobility is continuing to take shape.
The word "transition" is certainly appropriate, Marcel Westerman stresses, being closely involved in Talking Traffic on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, especially in the area of intelligent traffic lightcontrol (iTLC). "The iTLC, the "intelligent version" of the traditional traffic light, covers all aspects of digitisation. It is therefore at the forefront of this digital transition in Dutch urban mobility. Complex subjects such as IT networks, IP addresses, privacy and security, national and international data standards, interoperability and in particular the (chain) management of quality agreements are major factors in the transition. This was quite new to many public authorities and suppliers in our country and it has demanded a lot of attention from everyone. On top of this, the intelligent traffic light requires not only knowledge and experience, but also organisational abilities from public authorities and companies', says Marcel.
On 21 June 2018, the K083 in Breda was the first intelligent traffic light to be connected to TLEX and therefore to the Talking Traffic data chain. By the end of 2018, the tally was 64 iTLCs, and one year later it was 392. The fact that the 700th operational iTLCs has been in place since the beginning of December says something about the great strides that public authorities and companies have made in recent times. We have not yet reached the stage where every iTLC functions flawlessly straight away and there is certainly still a lot of development to be done over the coming years. However, the fact that so many are now operating uniformly across the Netherlands offers a wealth of opportunities for professional target groups, such as emergency and rescue services, heavy goods traffic and public transport. In more and more places in the Netherlands, they are experiencing the benefits of iTCLs on a daily basis, including in terms of being given priority. In this way, important steps are being taken towards increasing road safety, reducing fuel consumption and emissions, and improving traffic flow.
According to Marcel, these 700 iTLCs have now reached a significant critical mass nationwide. The previous target of 795 is now being approached, albeit later than planned. "Having reached this milestone, we would like to take a moment to compliment everyone involved. In the meantime, we are continuing to work together on this digital mobility transition. Milestones are there to be celebrated and we like to look forward to the next one."
And there's more...
Formally, the contracts with the original Talking Traffic partners expired at the end of 2020.
But the innovation goes on and so does the roll-out of applications and the cooperation between public authorities and operators.
In the coming years, we would like to join forces with others to focus even more than before on the challenges facing cities and urban areas, making the most of the opportunities offered by data and digitisation. Some parts will be dealt with differently or even supplemented, but we are certainly not finished (yet)! We are still full of plans that deserve to be implemented!