A complete overview
Truck drivers use a smartphone app to log into the system. GPS is used to determine their positions. Drivers, logistics providers, and terminal operators know at a glance whether the planned and estimated times of arrival match up. If they do, the driver can continue his planned route. Everyone knows what is going on, and everything flows smoothly.
Integrated Truck Guidance: Optimization and harmonization of the multimodal transport hubs of the future.
If delays occur, the logistics provider and terminal operator are informed and can make new arrangements. At the same time, the truck driver is given the next possible slot. This helps to avoid congestion and reduce waiting times. If a new slot is not immediately available - resulting in a delay - the app automatically informs the driver about available parking spaces. The driver assigned a new destination slot and can continue on.
Keeping information flowing
|Cameras are set up at defined points and detect travel times. The collected information is anonymized and forwarded to the central level via standardized interfaces.||All information is collected at the central level, where the Siemens software Sitraffic Concert is implemented as Application Service Providing (ASP). This means that the necessary systems do not have to be installed on a company's own computers. Access is ensured via highly secure Internet connection.||The processed traffic data is transferred back to the truck drivers via a smartphone app and dynamic LED displays.||Information regarding the traffic situation and travel times is made available to shipping agents and terminals via Sitraffic smartGuard web portal.|
Thanks to this intelligent flow control system, it will be possible to create even more efficient logistics processes in the future. In addition, efforts will continue to further facilitate the integration of IT systems as a means of improving the traffic flow. For truck drivers. For shipping agents. For logistics providers. For hub operators. To ensure everything flows smoothly. Not just totday, but tomorrow.
Current status of the project:
- Currently traffic flow collection and dynamic signage systems will be installed in logport I in Rheinhausen and Ruhrort - Test operations will commence at the beginning of next year.
- It is thanks to the good collaboration with the city of Duisburg and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia that the next project phase could proceed to the implementation level so quickly.
- The new traffic flow collection system meets all data protection requirements, since it collects only traffic information, and no personal data.
- The system will be activated after a test phase. Additional signs with travel time information allow truck drivers to choose the best route.
- An intelligent app that continuously informs drivers, logistics providers and terminal operators of whether planned arrival times match with the expected arrival times is also in development.
Travel time determination
The traffic management system takes into account the road network from Duisburg-Ruhrort to logport I (Duisburg-Rheinhausen). The system detects the travel times of alternative routes and transmits them to truck drivers via information boards. Drivers can thus obtain an updated decision-making tool for the best route to logport I or the Ruhrort port area at any time.
Travel times on road sections are determined by the recognition of vehicle signatures. Vehicle signatures are detected by means of ANPR cameras (ANPR = Automatic Number Plate Recognition). The travel times between two cameras can be calculated from the recognition at an adjacent location.
The data protection regulations applicable in the framework of video surveillance technology (BDSG § 6b) are applied. A sign is used to indicate its use.
To safely ensure data protection, the number plate is converted into an anonymous character string inside the camera immediately after detection already in the first step of data processing. No image data is stored or transmitted.
The character string is converted with a hash algorithm together with the salt. The result is reduced to 18 bits. This ensures that the results are ambiguous. The possibility of tracing the string is thus excluded, as a clear allocation of the vehicle signature to the number plate is no longer possible.
In addition to the fact described above, there is also a technical restriction which rules out the recognition of persons. For this reason, a filter in the 850 nm range is used in all infrared cameras. In this way, neither the number nor the appearance of the occupants of a vehicle can be detected.
More information about our Traffic control system "Integrated Truck Guidance" can be found in our broschure:
and in our latest Press release.
Or watch our video to get a better understanding of how the Integrated Truck Guidance works:
Manager Sustainability Affairs
- +49 (0)203 803-4360
- +49 (0)203 578989-360