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HERE to showcase cellular traffic management system in Amsterdam

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Mapping company HERE is working with the Dutch government to explore how a cellular-based network could improve road safety and reduce traffic jams.

Under the terms of the deal, HERE will trial a cooperative intelligent transportation system (C-ITS) for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.

This system uses 3G and LTE networks, as well as cloud technology and data analytics to connect cellular devices, infrastructure on the road and traffic management centres.

HERE said the system would lead to low latency information, about an accident for example, which could be sent to the road users who need it.

It is aiming to demonstrate how the technology would work in Amsterdam during the second half of next year, when the Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the European Union.

The Dutch ministry is seeking to improve how its transport system operates through the Beter Benutten project.

Caspar de Jonge, Project Manager for Beter Benutten, said: "The vast majority of Dutch adults are using smartphones and, increasingly, cars and infrastructure are getting connected to the Internet. There is an opportunity to take advantage of this connectivity to improve road safety and traffic flow in the next few years.

"In particular, in 2016, we want to start deploying a road user messaging system that enables information to be gathered, processed and then distributed to the relevant road-users with quality, accuracy and at sub-second delivery rates. HERE will demonstrate to us that it can tick those boxes."

Ogi Redzic, Senior Vice President of Automotive at HERE, said: "The ministry has been keen to explore the potential of cellular networks in improving mobility in the Netherlands. HERE's solution can be built on existing Dutch networks, meaning that it wouldn't cost the earth, could be quickly rolled out across the whole country and would bring benefits to citizens relatively fast. The Netherlands is regarded as a C-ITS trailblazer in Europe, so we're looking forward to showcasing what we can do in the Amsterdam demo next year.”