Costain and Monotch announce strategic partnership
Dutch smart infrastructure specialist Monotch has selected ITS (UK) member Costain as UK deployment partner for its Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems services in a move which it says will enable greener, safer, and faster customer journeys on the UK road network.
The two organisations will work together to pilot the Monotch open mobility services platform, TLEX I2V, on the UK road network. TLEXI2V is specially designed to connect roadside equipment to information brokers, automotive industry, road authorities and ultimately road users and is already operational in Holland, Scandinavia, and Belgium.
The company says the platform offers numerous benefits including improving traffic flows and road safety, enabling customers to make real-time decisions about their journeys, reducing carbon emissions and, where necessary, prioritising road users such as emergency services and means of public transport. It adds that 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.
A statement reads: “TLEX I2V is a highly scalable system that is specifically designed to send and receive massive volumes of data with ultra-low latency. It is currently used as the backbone of the Dutch Urban Data Access Platform (UDAP) and in European projects such as InterCor, Concorda, NordicWay3 and has been selected for the Mobilidata programme in Flanders. The platform enables authorities to harness the potential benefits of connected vehicle services and make data-driven decision-making a reality.”
International Business Developer, Gary Lin, explained that Monotch has found the perfect deployment partner to make TLEX I2V the first-choice platform for I2V in the UK: “We will share experiences from C-ITS 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 to implement TLEX in C-ITS and Smart City projects in the UK.”
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.
He continued: “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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