SMARTZONE BUFFER is a data platform that provides information on the use of roads and parking spaces. In addition, based on information from the system, municipal policies can be adjusted. In this way, a continuous loop of information is created that in turn can lead to adjustments of flows in the city.
SMARTZONE BUFFER uses open standards (European and/or developed within Talking Traffic) for both the internal and external interfaces. Where these are not yet available they will be developed within the ecosystem with other platform and service providers.
SMARTZONE BUFFER offers users a cafeteria model where one or more services can be purchased, including any new services to be added.
SMARTZONE BUFFER can provide insight into the impact of the digital services based on predefined KPIs. With this, there will also be continuous evaluation and analysis of the operation of SMARTZONE BUFFER which forms the basis for further optimization, improvement and development of new services.
SMARTZONE BUFFER we first build at the Future Mobility Park, a controlled test and learning environment in Rotterdam. This allows us to first see how the solution will work in practice. We can test the application extensively on a small scale with a peer group before rolling it out in the city on a large scale.
The answer for cities: “Take charge of outdoor space planning.”
SMARTZONE BUFFER does this by setting up a BUFFER from the edge of the town like a Digital City Gateway.
SMARTZONE BUFFER levert een data-gedreven publiek-privaat Intelligent ecosysteem. Dit ecosysteem maakt duidelijke afspraken en regels voor gebruikers om toegang te krijgen tot de steden, waarmee de negatieve impact van de toenemende behoeftes beperkt wordt. Regels zijn ook van toepassing op het gewenste gedrag in de steden, niet alleen om toegang te krijgen! Binnen de G40 zou hier ook meer aandacht voor moeten richting de randgemeenten door ze op sleeptouw te nemen (Krachten Bundeling). A lot of mobility starts in the peripheral municipalities and ends in the city. So there is a need for an integral approach.
SMARTZONE BUFFER delivers an integrated solution that is future-proof for the carters within the G40.
SMARTZONE is starting with a number of leading municipalities that have indicated their willingness to contribute to the further development of these services, and then scaling up to national coverage.
figure: Outline architecture
However, digital control of city space is not enough. It cannot be separated from the associated energy issue. Currently, warehouses appear in the landscape for storage, transshipment and transport of goods. This “doom” provides storage and transshipment space to parties for their own goods. Logistics parties have their own sheds for loading and intermediate storage.
Tightening regulations on emissions in city centers require zero emission or electric transport for the last-mile to the final destination. The associated energy demand of electric transport is roughly four times the original energy demand of a hall or warehouse. With the current congestion on the power grid, this energy demand cannot be met from the existing grid. Local storage and generation is therefore necessary. However, this capacity is insufficient if logistics concepts are not adapted to it.
SMARTZONE BUFFER therefore not only buffers vehicles at the edges of the city, but also controls the number of transport movements into the city. The buffer zones (from now on BUFFER) will have multifunctional designs and can be combined with mobility hubs, for example.
BUFFER can play a role in energy transition, circular transition, strengthening biodiversity, etc. At logical places on urban borders BUFFER takes care of the exchange of goods and energy flows combined with a workshop with employees for post-processing of reusable elements in planned transport routes to the inner cities.
National Growth Fund funded by Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management based on proposal
Data driven Ecosystem Mobility and Smart City (DEMS) / Dutch Metropolitan Innovations (DMI)