Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure)
Moqod has worked for Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Transport and Environment) on different projects. One of the projects is about the digitalization of so-called Scenarios or Response Plans. Governments use response plan to plan a range of traffic measures, such as marks along the roads and traffic lights.
In the current situation, the information is recorded into large PDF files, for each response plan one. There are thousands of them. For the traffic engineer, it is quite tricky and time-consuming to create them: creating pdf’s and draw flowcharts and maps using Microsoft Visio, as well as keeping them up to date. Also, there is no version management or overview at all.
For the traffic controllers, in status quo, they have a pile of printed PDF’s on their desk of the response plans they think will be applicable around that time (e.g., RingRoad Amsterdam closed due to roadworks)
The goal here was to develop state of the art software to handle the creation and maintenance part, as well as the deployment of response plans and decision support in a way that is much quicker, easier with more overview and fewer errors.
The translate the content of these books into the software was not ease. These processes were static, and for years, it was done using books first and later on PDF documents. We had to take into account the 3A (Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime) principle, the accessibility, and transparency to all stakeholders (traffic engineers, traffic controllers, contracts, project managers, etc.). As well, the quality and efficiency should be higher than the status quo.
The result is a unique state-of-the-art traffic management application, which was built much quicker than existing parties.
First test results were very positive, indicating that creating a complete response plan could be done within an hour, while the old system took many days or even weeks. Routine tasks can be done within minutes.
For the traffic engineer, using live traffic data plotted on the map, between the deployed and available response plan, gives much more overview and reflection of the real status on the road.
Thanks to supporting for Floating car data, all kinds of live triggers and combination with other Open Data, traffic engineers and traffic controllers can come to new insights, take action, and improve traffic flow, even more, using this application.
In the near future, Moqod and RWS are working on a concept of making most regular response plans obsolete, by deploying dynamic automatically generated response plans based on the desired road situation.
“We were surprised by the fast development and initiatives taken by Moqod.“
~ Kin Fai Chan RWS Projectmanager.