The Minister of Transport Rheinland-Pfalz Dr. Wissing in an interview with German television
Minister Dr. Wissing: “Rheinland-Pfalz is carrying out pioneering work”
Faster traffic information, less traffic congestions, better coordination of construction sites: Together with representatives of the companies HERE and Garmin and the VRRN, the Minister for Transport Dr. Volker Wissing presented the project initiative BaustellenInfo digital RP. At its core, the aim is to centrally collect information of all road works, road closures and alternative routes and make it available in a digital data set. The EU co-funded project covers all layers from municipal to state level and is on all these grounds unique in Germany.
“The digitalisation of road works information in Rheinland-Pfalz improves traffic information, supports road works coordination, reduces the risk of congestion and helps to avoid accidents,” said Transport Minister Dr. Wissing at the presentation of the project initiative BaustellenInfo digital RP in Mainz.
Together with Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of the developer and provider of cloud-based map services HERE Technologies, Olaf Meng, Senior Product Manager of the navigation device manufacturer Garmin, and Association Director Ralph Schlusche of the Rhine-Neckar Traffic Region Association (VRRN), the Minister presented the project under the leadership of the Ministry of Transport.
“We are building a high-performance data infrastructure to reach all road users. This is also a contribution to digitalisation: The state collects its own data and makes it available to the end users. Everyone benefits- the state, businesses and citizens. For example, by providing up-to-date information on navigation devices - or by allowing large-scale guidance of Europe-wide transport and heavy goods traffic," said Wissing.
Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of HERE Deutschland GmbH, explained the significance of data from BaustellenInfo digital for his company: "Digital data and the cooperation between reliable partners play a decisive role in coping with the challenges of mobility in the 21st century. In addition to direct benefits for citizens, initiatives such as BaustellenInfo digital RP are important for improving data quality, also on lower function-class roads. Thus, they are also of importance for the increasing automation of transport and autonomous driving. The HERE Open Location Platform offers an open ecosystem that aggregates and processes data from different sources and makes it available in the form of geo-targeted, contextually-relevant information and services."
"Our customers are expecting to see real time information on their Garmin navigation devices at all times. Today, there is a lack of comprehensive information on short-term construction sites, road closures and rerouting in order to always calculate the best route. The digital collection and distribution of events in European standards enables Garmin to display the information already on today's devices. We are therefore happy that Rheinland-Pfalz is pioneering in this area so that in the future we can get drivers to their destination faster, safer and more stress-free," said Garmin product manager Olaf Meng.
VRRN Association Director Ralph Schlusche emphasised the additional benefits that BaustellenInfo digital has for municipal road works coordination - especially for the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, which as an interface of the three federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Hessen and Rheinland-Pfalz forms a special kind of traffic hub. "For this reason, since 2013, the Rhine-Neckar Regional Association has been coordinating the planning of road works in the regional road area together with the responsible road works load carriers. To achieve this the Rhine-Neckar region introduced a digital planning map in 2017. We are looking forward to BaustellenInfo digital starting now and expect a significant improvement in the data basis for the coordination of road works planning," said Schlusche.
Up until now, data on long-term construction sites or short-term road closures at municipalities or the state have only been partially available in digital form, were stored in various, incompatible systems and could not be used by third parties. BaustellenInfo digital changes this: A digital data set is created that is structured, geographically referenced and machine-processable. This means that navigation service providers can obtain the data via the German national access point Mobilitäts-Daten-Marktplatz and use it for their services and geographical visualisation on a digital road map. The MWVLW initiative is co-funded in CEF by the EU within the URSA MAJOR neo project.
Source: Wirtschaftsministerium RLP & HERE
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Link to the German TV report: https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/rheinland-pfalz/Rheinland-Pfalz-mit-Digital-Strategie-gegen-Staus,av-o1032278-100.html