Namur introduces new ‘intelligent transport system’
The city of Namur has inaugurated its new ‘intelligent transport system’. Composed of several cameras and sensors, it gathers data to best inform, in real-time, travelers and motorists through 21 dynamic screens and 60 information points at bus stops.
It aims to facilitate access to the city center by promoting the different modes of transport and the various parking options available.
“Long-awaited, postponed several times, the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) of the city of Namur is now operational,” announced the Mobility Alderwoman, Stéphanie Scailquin (cdH). The system counts 17 surveillance cameras, 47 ANPR cameras, six air quality sensors, 257 parking sensors, 21 dynamic information panels, and 60 information points at major bus stops.
In the last few weeks, several digital information panels have popped up all around the city. The information they display is updated in real-time and directs users to the most effective solution to reach their destination. It’s also part of the municipal mobility strategy, which aims at encouraging Park & Ride facilities and multimodality.
Thanks to its cameras, the system takes trip times into account as well as foreseeable (construction works) or unforeseeable events (accidents). It then automatically calculates alternative routes and provides information regarding slow traffic, trip times, parking availability, or even air quality.
It also guides travelers toward bus stops where digital information points inform them about the exact time of arrival of the next bus.
Integrated and shared
Being developed in 2020, this system is also available on the internet (sti.namur.be). There, users can filter the information that suits them best. However, the system is set to continue evolving.
Next spring, seven more information screens will be installed, and twenty more information points will equip the city’s bus stops. The project developed by Tractebel-Engie Solutions-Macq, the city of Namur and the Walloon Region, had a budget of 3 million euros.