Pilot Mobility Sensing with the Municipality of Den Bosch (EN)

  • Pilot Mobility Sensing with the Municipality of Den Bosch (EN)

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The municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch tested the smart road surface sensors of Mobility Sensing for a year. These sensors provided information about traffic flows and other factors that influence traffic (such as temperature and precipitation). The pilot came about in our Mobility Lab startup program. The pilot was successful and will be continued.

Mobility Sensing in ‘s-Hertogenbosch tested smart road surface sensors for a year. These sensors provided information about traffic flows and other factors that affect traffic. such as temperature and precipitation.

Alderman Ufuk Kâhya of the municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch: “We use data and technology in a smart way to make traffic in our municipality cleaner, safer and more comfortable for everyone. Our Sustainable Mobility Action Plan makes it possible for us to experiment successfully together with students and an innovative startup. The sensors we used in the pilot ensure that we can measure even more in a cheaper way and know how traffic is developing. We are now continuing this development together with education and our partners.”

The pilot
We installed a total of 30 sensors at 20 locations in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The sensors were tested under various conditions. You can think of different types of road surface and different types of roads. The sensors are exposed to different weather conditions for a year. This varied from extreme heat (August 2020) to severe frost (February 2021). The road surface sensors collect traffic data without ‘cables’. The data is immediately available in an online dashboard. This makes it possible to immediately see the consequences of a road closure in surrounding streets and to make adjustments where necessary.

What did the pilot deliver?
The results from the pilot are good. There were few failures and the information provided is accurate compared to existing measurement systems. These sensors are a valuable addition to the smoothness measurement system. The municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch more than achieved the predetermined goals. In addition, collecting data with the road surface sensors offers a number of other advantages:

  • A sensor can be used flexibly and is not location-bound. This means that the sensor can be reused in another location.
  • The sensors are virtually invisible.
  • The live data is immediately available via the online dashboard.
  • The costs per measuring point are lower on an annual basis.

Where do we go from here?
The Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch will continue to use these sensors in the coming period. They are also expanding the number of sensors to a total of 50 sensors. SmartwayZ.NL will remain involved in the continuation of the pilot. In the extension of the pilot, the municipality wants to collect information about the following topics:

  • Distinction between different types of vehicles (motorcycle, passenger car, truck, etc.)
  • Increase reliability when measuring speed and temperature.

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