29 million for Flemish integrated ‘mobility data platform’
The Flemish government will centralize all its traffic data in one platform. This platform, called ‘Mobility-data’, should benefit external apps, such as Waze, Coyote or TomTom, with more and better information, and that in turn should lead to better traffic flow and fewer traffic jams.
Flemish Minister of Innovation, Philippe Muyters (N-VA), and his colleague from Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), are freeing up a budget of 29 million euro for this super data base traffic.
The modern road infrastructure contains many sensors to collect information about traffic flow. For example, they are located in traffic lights or in ‘loops’ on the road surface. The Flemish Traffic Centre and urban traffic computers also generate a flow of data.
However, the available traffic data are not always compatible. For example, the traffic centre of Antwerp and Ghent cannot ‘talk’ to each other.
29 million euro budget
Ministers Muyters and Weyts are now spending 29 million euro, spread over five years, to develop a standard for that data. The data will then be stored in a ‘super traffic data base’.
The budget is divided into a number of smaller projects. Nine million goes to the Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer, AWV) to equip the traffic infrastructure with more sensors. The Imec research centre in Louvain will receive funding for the development of the new data standard.
One integrated database
Initially, the government will open up this super traffic data base to developers of external apps, such as Waze, Coyote or Touring Mobile. The data will enable them to enrich their apps and take more account of real-time developments on the road.
In the long term, it is the intention that external developers put their data at the service of this super traffic data base. Before that happens, it must be investigated how the data from the apps, which often come from the users of the apps (most vehicles are moving measuring points via mobile data and GPS), does not ‘mix’ with each other.
No app would like another app to benefit from its users data base.