Be-Mobile develops traffic app for Olympic village in Paris
The Ghent-based mobility company and Proximus daughter Be-Mobile will develop an application to manage the logistics flow for the construction of the athletes’ village for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. The estimated 400 trucks that will pass through Paris daily will be guided along their entire route by this fleet management system, Be-Mobile reported on Monday.
The app is meant to help the French company Mobility by Colas that was appointed to organize the last mile logistics flows to construct the infrastructure mainly located in the towns of Saint-Ouen, Saint-Denis, and L’Ile-Saint-Denis, north of the French Capital.
Mobility by Colas, a subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, chose Be-Mobile to add its fleet management system and driver companion app to avoid additional traffic congestion in the already busy Paris city center.
Every construction company that participates in the athletes’ village will be asked to work with the Truckmeister app, developed by Be-Mobile. The app manages communication between the platform of Mobility by Colas and the truck driver.
At the same time, Mobility by Colas will also use Qievo, a digital service designed to optimize mobility around construction sites in dense urban areas. Qievo is based on a central control station operated by agents in constant contact with the sites and the deliverers. It uses an ecosystem approach to manage logistics, traffic, and infrastructure as a whole.
Truckmeister will provide a detailed picture of the vehicles driving on the selected routes and provide information on their location, speed, and direction. Truck drivers can use the app to see which road is best to use. They can, for example, also be asked to wait before entering the city because too many trucks are already entering.
Trucks enter the athletes’ village via three to five carefully selected routes, minimizing the impact on others. In fact, the trucks are first directed to a waiting area before they enter Paris. They are told when they may leave the waiting car park to meet their time slot in the athletes’ village.
Reduce traffic impact
Be-Mobile has already made such an app for the port of Zeebrugge to keep the freight traffic there on the right track. It also developed the route planner Smart Ways to Antwerp for the city of Antwerp.
“With this collaboration, we have developed a unique service that manages mobility to and from the construction site of the athletes’ village, but also minimizes inconvenience for residents and other road users,” says Gerd Nees, Offering Manager Fleet at Be-Mobile.
“Actually, we are constantly monitoring and looking at how many trucks can drive through the city at what time. We do everything we can to ease the pressure on traffic and keep it liveable for everyone.”