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.

Quick work

Project manager for Beter Benutten, Caspar de Jonge says: “Speed of deployment is critical to us”.  “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.

Original source: HERE