Logistical gain by using the limited city space efficiently
Starting February 2016, Technolution will install several digital traffic signs near existing loading/unloading bays in the city centers of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Maastricht which are able to detect the occupancy of these bays, allow (short-term) reservation of these bays, communication to a central back office, and active parking enforcement features. These digital traffic signs are developed in collaboration with Glimworm B.V., research on the effects and business cases is done by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and piloted for 3-5 months. These signs allow for more efficient and reliable use of limited city space for logistical companies by allowing real-time monitoring and communication of the occupancy to on-board routing devices and apps, as well as (short-term) reservation of these bays for users that are on-route. The signs show bystanders the status of the bay using a display, and checks possible reservation discrepancies and communicates these warnings to parking enforcement services. By using these signs on existing loading/unloading bays, local governments are enabled to monitor the use (and misuse) of these bays and are able to use more dynamic policy for logistic companies movement in the city centers. The signs are designed to be low-energy and merely operating on a solar panel, reducing the need for an external power source, and allowing more flexible use on different locations.
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