Monotch won the tender issued by the Flemish Road Authority for the digital tracking of road works vehicles. The Flemish government is taking road safety seriously and to the next level with this project.
There are many ways to improve safety around road works, most of which are physical such as warning signs on the road and cones that keep space between the workers and drivers. The next step to improve safety and keep disruptions as low as possible is informing road users in advance and in real-time of road works.
Roadwork vehicles with a GPS tracking device transmit their data to road users, providing the exact location in real-time. The data from all these vehicles are gathered into a single data feed using the TLEX® platform.
This information is then fed back to the Traffic Control Centres as a first step. The second step will be to open this data to the public allowing solution providers (app builders) to share this data on in-car devices and navigation apps.
Mark Walker, project manager at Monotch, says, “Allowing the road works information to be shared from scheduled to real-time using a C-ITS platform is coming alive in Flanders through this digital vehicle tracking project. Obviously, this can be extended to other vehicle types in the future, such as emergency vehicles.”
This specific tender is a smaller project that feeds into the Mobilidata project and improves the use of intelligent mobility data for Flemish road users. Having TLEX® as a basis allows Monotch to deploy this service of road works warnings very rapidly.
Erika Decorte, Mobilidata Program Lead, Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer shares, “The digital tracking of road works vehicles offers a valuable source of real-time and reliable data, contributing to the safety of both road workers and road users, a key ambition for Mobilidata.”