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 Scenario’s 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 difficult 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 deployment of response plans and decision support in a way that is much quicker, easier with more overview and less errors.
The content of these books was not easily translated into software. 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 status quo.
The end result is a unique state-of-the-art traffic management application, which was build much quicker than existing parties.
First test results were very positive. Using this software first results indicated 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 even done within minutes.
For the traffic engineer, there is much more overview and reflection of the real status on the road. Using live traffic data plotted on the map, between the deployed and available response plan.
Thanks to support for Floating car data, all kinds of live triggers and combination with other Open Data, traffic engineers and traffic controllers will be able to 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 on basis of the desired road situation.
“We were surprised by the fast development and initiatives taken by Moqod“
~ Kin Fai Chan RWS Projectmanager.