Press release: emergency services green light


Smart innovation always gives emergency services green light

PRESS RELEASE – Dynniq and KPN present invention that prevents accidents and saves lives

Eindhoven, 3 June 2019 – Dynniq’s innovative ‘GreenFlow for BlueLights’ invention automatically switches traffic lights to green for emergency service vehicles in Helmond. This was announced by Dynniq and its partner KPN this morning at the ITS European Congress in Eindhoven. This smart innovation will help to reduce traffic accidents involving priority vehicles (belonging to e.g. emergency services) and allow them to reach their destination faster and more safely in Helmond.

GreenFlow for BlueLights

With one press of the button, the clients – namely, the province of Noord-Brabant and the municipality of Helmond – and technology partners Dynniq and KPN kick-started a major pilot project that gives right of way to emergency service vehicles (ambulance, fire brigade, police and highway agencies) at junctions within the municipality of Helmond. This pilot project is part of a national initiative to roll-out priority protocols under the Talking Traffic partnership. Thanks to the ‘GreenFlow for BlueLights’ technology developed by Dynniq, as well as the KPN Data Services Hub developed by KPN, on-call emergency services will be able to communicate with traffic lights they encounter on their route. They will be recognised as priority vehicles and given right of way upon request, so they can navigate junctions without being hindered.

Innovation that prevents accidents and casualties

A total of 148 accidents involving emergency vehicles took place in 2016 and 2017*. Most accidents (25%) involving emergency vehicles occur at junctions featuring traffic lights within built-up areas, after emergency vehicles have encountered a red light and other motorists have encountered a green light. Quite a few risks are encountered when driving an emergency vehicle. Because normal traffic rules are not followed, it is more difficult for other road users to predict at how emergency service vehicles will behave, which can result in accidents and casualties.

Safer and more sustainable society

Cees de Wijs, CEO of Dynniq: “Thanks to Talking Traffic’s data exchange infrastructure, we are able to implement innovative technologies that make society safer and more sustainable. We are proud to be enabling this life-saving pilot together with our partners. To make sure such pilots can also be scaled up, it is important to create appropriate conditions that encourage involved parties to make major investments and embrace the principle of co-creation.”

Uniting parties in an open ecosystem

Anja de Vos, regional director South Netherlands at KPN: “We have created an open ecosystem for the mobility market, which unites companies and encourages them to develop innovative data solutions. The KPN Data Services Hub helps us to support organisations so they can share their data in a safe and scalable manner. But the issue also requires real-time data coordination. We are pleased that our efforts will help to improve road safety.”

The future of mobility

Elly Blanksma-van den Heuvel, Lord Mayor of the municipality of Helmond: “In the Brainport region, you can already see in which direction the future of mobility is heading. Helmond is dedicated to innovative technologies and smart mobility. We are thus pleased to be part of this pilot, which will help to improve road safety in our city when emergency services are called out.”

Christophe van der Maat, Mobility executive at the province of Noord-Brabant: “Innovations like this can only be realised if all parties work together: regionally, nationally and internationally. The GreenFlow pilot in the Brainport region is also in keeping with the image of Noord-Brabant, where we like to put innovations into practice. As a result, we can further improve our knowledge so innovations can later be implemented on a larger scale. This means working together to improve comfort and safety for all road users.”

Underlying figures

In 2016 and 2017, accidents involving emergency vehicles resulted in 1 death and 67 casualties, which included 22 emergency workers and 46 other road users. Ambulances were involved in 55 accidents; police vehicles in 63 accidents and fire brigade vehicles in 27 accidents (*source: Accident statistics emergency vehicles 2016-2017 from the Knowledge centre for Emergency vehicles at the IFV).

About Dynniq

Dynniq is a technology services provider that offers integrated solutions in the field of Mobility, Parking and Energy. The company designs, develops and maintains high-grade technological solutions, like flow-related traffic systems, intelligent parking solutions and energy solutions based on, for example, solar energy or direct current. Dynniq employs over 1600 people and is active in the European market, but also in South America, the United States and Canada.

About KPN

KPN uses integration to improve freedom, enjoyment and convenience within society. We are passionate about working on safe, reliable and futureproof networks and solutions, so everything and everyone is connected, no matter where they are. Each and every day, for the past 135 years. KPN is developing an open ecosystem for smart cities and smart mobility, so organisations can easily and safely exchange information in real-time in order to realise new innovations.

About Talking Traffic

Dynniq and KPN are part of the Talking Traffic partnership, where the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management collaborates with over 80 local authorities and around 20 market parties in the traffic industry, telecom sector, services sector and automotive industry to develop innovative traffic applications. The aim is to improve traffic safety, efficiency and flow in the Dutch road network – in the busiest regions and cities, by allowing road users and traffic systems to continuously exchange real-time data. The government and market parties are committed to lasting partnerships when it comes to developing and operating innovative traffic applications like the IVRI, which has been realised under a long-term innovation partnership running until 2020. Talking Traffic’s iVRI’s allow traffic to be regulated more intelligently and effectively.

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For further information, please contact:
Annette Frijns, Group Director Marketing & Communication at Dynniq Group:
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