Picture: f.l.t.r. Stephanie Kleine, UMneo International Coordinator, Dr. Volker Wissing, Minister of Transport RP, Arno Trauden, Managing Director at Landesbetrieb Mobilität RP
Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing has activated "Baustelleninfo digital". All roadworks sites and diversions managed by the Rheinland-Pfalz road operator LBM are digitally recorded and published at www.verkehr.rlp.de. The data will be fed into the German National Access Point – the Mobility Data Marketplace (MDM) – and will be available there free of charge for navigation system manufacturers, other service providers or app developers.
"We are consistently pursuing the path of digitization in the transport sector," said Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing. "Digital solutions make traffic safer and smoother, they facilitate planning and coordination and help to avoid traffic jams. With 'Baustelleninfo digital' Rheinland-Pfalz has done pioneering work. For the first time, digital data for roadworks, including diversions on federal, state and district roads, is available throughout the whole state," says Wissing. "This is a milestone and unique in Germany”.
All nine regional offices of the LBM work with the new system. With digitally generated Traffic Regulation Orders of the roadworks at all regional LBM locations, the construction site data on location, duration and possible diversions are digitally recorded and made available using the DATEX II standard. The newly developed software for the digitalisation of roadworks is also available to all local authorities free of charge via a state license. Wissing encouraged local authorities to join the "Baustelleninfo digital" project, which would also greatly simplify coordination between the state and local authorities and make local authority roadworks information publicly available.
At the same time, he hoped that private data providers would also make use of the data promptly. "Roadworks and diversion data have not been available digitally until now. Here in Rheinland-Pfalz, we have launched a data treasure with which we can make traffic on the road even safer through information in navigation devices," Wissing said. In future, navigation system providers would have the option of feeding this data directly into their devices. Drivers would no longer be guided straight into roadworks but around them.
"For a safe and efficient traffic flow, which also benefits the environment, high-quality and up-to-date data is required," comments Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of HERE Technologies in Germany. "This increasingly includes data from vehicle sensors or other external sources, which we make available to our customers via the HERE platform. The result of the project BaustellenInfo digital RP of the Rheinland-Pfalz state government shows that the provision of data via the national mobility data marketplace MDM leads to a direct benefit for citizens. We have accompanied the project from the beginning and are currently using the data in a concrete project. The mobility of the future is only possible through open exchange and cooperation between companies, individuals and public institutions".