ImFlow is the first ITS application to meet new Dutch standards

Published:04-02-2021

ImFlow is the first ITS application to meet new Dutch standards

In 2020, the national standards for Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) applications in the Netherlands were updated and as a result, all ITS applications must be adapted to these new standards. We’re proud that Dynniq’s ImFlow is the first product to be certified!

 

To further increase the quality of Smart Mobility services and to ensure national uniformity, the communication between the road user and the ITS application and traffic control installations has been improved as well as the functionality to prioritise specific road users and to grant or withhold priority. Road users are detected earlier and priority requests are promptly identified and acted upon, without adverse effects on other traffic.

Successful chain test

The ImFlow software platform consists of an ITS application with control algorithms that calculate every second how long traffic lights will have a green light. ImFlow also validates and processes priority requests from road users based on the policy objectives of the road authority. In the Netherlands, over 300 intersections are controlled 24/7 by ImFlow.

Suppliers had to reaffirm that their ITS application meets the new standards thus chain tests were performed with all stakeholders. During these tests, we have proven that ImFlow meets the updated standards and as a result, Dynniq were the first in the market to receive a certificate.

Successful rollout

The rollout of ImFlow in the Netherlands has been very successful in recent years. For example, several smart traffic lights in Eindhoven form an ‘ITS corridor’ that leads to a traffic flow improvement of 9 to 12% and a significant reduction of the number of stops. Giving priority to trucks on the N201 in the Netherlands yields a travel time gain of 14%, and in addition, the number of stops has decreased by approximately 4%. On one of the more complex routes in the Netherlands, the so called ‘Pleijroute’, traffic flow in the morning and evening rush hour has improved by approximately 20%.

We have proven that ImFlow, with the updated standards, is flexible in order to process traffic effectively, and predictable to inform road users. Traditionally, the decision as to when the traffic light will turn green is often made at the last moment, but having more timely information leads to increased comfort for the road user. Road users can also adapt their behaviour thanks to this real time data.

In recent years, we have worked hard to find the right optimum for flexibility and predictability with ImFlow and we have now succeeded. ImFlow has insight into road activity, where road users are, what type of road user it concerns and, in some cases, which route a road user follows. By signaling the traffic in time, ImFlow calculates the smartest sequence and timing of the green light. By not working this out in full detail, the calculated sequence can be maintained and there is room for flexibility.

Step towards the future

With the updated standards, the Netherlands is taking a significant step towards the future of Smart Mobility, where road users are part of the ecosystem. We are proud to be the first in the market to comply with these new standards and make an active contribution to innovation. In the near future, all 300 ImFlow applications will be updated to the new standards. After that we will continue to develop ImFlow to further prepare cities for the mobility of the future.