Costain ready to trial smart roads platform from Holland

Costain is looking for customers to trial a real-time road traffic monitoring system.

The construction and engineering company and Dutch smart infrastructure specialist Monotch will work together to pilot the latter’s open mobility services platform, TLEX I2V, on the UK road network. TLEX I2V is designed to connect roadside equipment to information brokers, the automotive industry, road authorities and road users, and is already in use in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Belgium.

The platform is said to improve traffic flows and road safety, enable real-time decisions about journeys and, where necessary, can prioritise the emergency services and means of public transport.

By using the platform, road authorities can also implement and analyse traffic policies based on detailed real-time traffic data without implementing expensive roadside communication systems. The platform enables authorities to harness the potential benefits of connected vehicle services and make data-driven decision-making a reality.

According to Monotch, TLEX I2V is “a highly scalable system that is specifically designed to send and receive massive volumes of data with ultra-low latency”.

Monotch international business developer Gary Lin said: “We will share experiences from deployments in the Netherlands, Flanders and Scandinavia and can implement them under new specifications and architectural set-ups that are applicable for the UK market. We look forward to working with Costain.”

Andy Clarke, integrated transport director at Costain, said: “We believe that the insights which we have gained deploying innovative digital solutions on the UK road network through collaborative projects such as the award-winning A2M2, Connected Digital Roads and Midlands Future Mobility, combined with Monotch’s experiences of operating their TLEX I2V platform in Europe, make for an exciting partnership.

“Harnessing this technology will help us to deliver a faster and greener road network and we will soon be seeking customers who wish to participate in our pilot trial in 2022.”

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