Introducing Flowtack – the traffic optimisation solution
Now more than ever, a smooth and safe flow of traffic within cities is vital. Across the globe, city councils and transport authorities face the difficult challenge of keeping traffic moving safely whilst increasing accessibility and improving liveability. When traffic does flow smoothly and efficiently, the benefits extend beyond road users and can bring a significant reduction in pollution levels, ensuring cleaner air in our cities.
Launched in 2017, Flowtack is an award-winning solution designed by Royal HaskoningDHV. The innovative solution collates and analyses traffic data in real-time, forecasting and optimising traffic flows at the network level.
Flowtack allows traffic to flow smoothly and efficiently, creating a greener, cleaner city with greater control for city authorities.
OPTIMISING TRAFFIC FLOWS IN DEVENTERPart of the Cleantech region, this pilot demonstrated how Flowtack optimises traffic flows in and around the city of Deventer to create liveable cities with less pollution. Deventer has since expanded the delivery of Flowtack from an initial 24 to 39 intersections, with the full roll out ready in 2020.
Improving traffic management for safer traffic flow
Traffic management involves the use of many applications to keep traffic flowing safely on today’s busy networks. A key part of this, involves utilising open data from inductive loops, traffic sensors, apps and cars with satellite navigation.
Flowtack is a cloud-based software that combines all these open source data to assess the traffic condition and control traffic lights at the network level to optimise the flow of traffic in and around the city.
Not only can Flowtack prevent unnecessary braking through seamless management of the traffic network, it can also reduce idling at traffic lights – easing congestion and creating a greener, cleaner city.
Flowtack is also platform-agnostic which means that there is no risk of a vendor lock-in – not now and not in the future. Future developments are simply a case of a software update, replacing the need to make mechanical changes to individual traffic lights at the control box.
Flowtack is ontwikkeld in samenwerking met Path2Mobility.
Flowtack’s proven impact
Deventer became the first municipality in the Netherlands to implement a future-proof approach to traffic management and benefited from Flowtack’s proven impact.
• 30-40% reduction in the number of vehicles having to stop at junctions
• Reduction in CO2 emissions by between 7-18%
• Reducing nitrogen oxide by over 11-26%
These intelligent traffic light installations (iTLIs) also serve to enable the municipality’s policies of stimulating public transport and in turn, creating a city with less pollution. To highlight Flowtack’s tactical benefit it was deployed to prioritise public transport and give preference to certain groups of road users – for example, emergency services or a group of cyclists in the rain.
Flowtack in Liverpool
In Liverpool, safety was a major concern along key traffic routes, and our study identified a range of infrastructure improvements to improve travel conditions. We found 17% of the roads cause 72% of the delays, so these routes could be strategically targeted to have a big impact at a low cost. The result? The benefit-to-cost ratios (BCR) were as much as 3.47 times the level of investment needed.
Flowtack – smart city technology for a liveable tomorrow
Transport authorities and city planners: integrated transport planning and policies
For policymakers and city leaders, Flowtack enables transport to be integrated with other policies such as low emission zones, ultra-low emission zones and clean air zones. It can also prioritise public transport, keeping the city liveable with reduced emissions. The result? A city which is more attractive for people and for future investment – and helps achieve key policy objectives.
• Improving air quality
• Reduce emissions
• Optimise infrastructure investment
• Create a healthier and liveable city – attracting citizens and investments
Road managers: enabling road safety and improving accessibility
For road managers, Flowtack helps keep the city accessible, giving more control over the traffic network performance and enabling prioritisation. It does this by harnessing data that’s already available, giving the power to drive change at the network level.
• Keep the city accessible by minimising downtime and improving throughput
• Gives greater control of the entire traffic network
• Improve road safety
Flowtack improves liveability and accessibility for citizens of a city. If an accident is causing a tailback, traffic will be automatically diverted to improve the flow of vehicles around the city, or priority can be given to cyclists in heavy rain. For the commuter, Flowtack makes air cleaner, life easier and the commuting journey more pleasant.
• Less congestion
• Cleaner air
• Improved access
In 2019, Flowtack was awarded the ‘Roads Visionary Award’ at the annual TechFest, organized by New Civil Engineer (NCE) to celebrate innovation and technology.
By bringing together cutting-edge technology with tailored strategy and expert implementation, we are enabling cities to optimise their mobility networks today and shape the mobility system of tomorrow.
Our global, multidisciplinary team of more than 100 integrated transport advisors is ready to take on their next great challenge.
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