22 aug 2019

The company has been selected as a finalist in the 'Technology Innovation' category for its award-winning Flowtack solution - one example of how Royal HaskoningDHV is using technology to create impact through co-creation and innovation while keeping the end user at the heart.

This year, the awards form part of CILT’s Centenary celebrations, commending exceptional performance, commemorating achievements and recognising incredible innovation as the organisation seeks to create a profession that is fit for the next 100 years.

Collating and analysing travel data in real-time, Flowtack forecasts and optimises multi-modal flows at a network level, providing greater control to keep towns and cities moving. It is already proven to reduce the number of vehicles having to stop at junctions by 40%, which is in turn reducing CO2 emissions by between 13-20% and nitrogen oxide by over 10%. It has also reduced road accident rates by over 70% and improved bus journey reliability by over 90%.

The cloud-based software continuously matches supply and demand using data from inductive loop detectors in the road, as well as users’ smartphone apps and cars with satellite navigation. Using this data, Flowtack assesses conditions and controls traffic lights so that traffic optimally flows through the network.

In the UK, Royal HaskoningDHV is currently working with Liverpool City Council on the study and design of three Priority Safer Routes in the city, with Flowtack as a central platform for traffic control and prioritisation. The study is also incorporating walking, cycling and improvements to bus services along each of the corridors, thereby providing an integrated multi-model transport solution.

Dr Marwan AL-Azzawi, Director Advisory Group Transport & Planning at Royal HaskoningDHV commented: "With the UK’s traffic forecast to grow by up to 51% by 2050 (Department for Transport), city councils and transport authorities across the country face the challenge of keeping our cities accessible without impacting the environment. Improving traffic flow is a priority to improve accessibility, safety and air quality".

"Flowtack has already seen great success in the Netherlands and we are in the process of applying it to the UK in collaboration with a number of partners. We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award to help promote the potential of this innovative solution further. Many of our employees are members of the CILT so to be recognised as part of the centenary celebrations is very special for us."

The award winners will be announced on Thursday 17th October at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.