This broadly shared view was and is the underlying reason for the iCentre programme. Greater integration and a different kind of implementation enable well-founded improvements to be made to the effectiveness and efficiency of the current central operation. This involves the monitoring and operation of tunnels, the (remote) operation of bridges and locks, central (regional) deployment of traffic management, central monitoring and regulation of urban access and management (normally referred to as camera surveillance centres) along with central operation to monitor and deploy emergency services and public transport.
In popular and oversimplified terms, it is not very efficient that the Netherlands has some 150 publicly funded locations where many public employees are ‘on standby’ until their often short-term deployment is needed. The goal and task of the iCentre programme:
1. Better functioning network with improved performance.
Experts of local authorities have estimated that their network performance can be improved by 5-15% through a more integrated central operation.
2. Lower costs of assets and better cost-effectiveness in the operation.
Experts of local authorities have estimated that their joint costs for central operation can be reduced by 40-60% through the smarter combination and integration of a central operation.
3. Better service provision to mobilists and citizens.
Experts of local authorities have estimated that the service provision to mobilists and citizens can be improved by 5-15% through a more integrated central operation.
The iCentre programme is an intrinsic and procedural plan for Smart Control Centres for local authorities and regions in the field of traffic, transport and safety & supervision from 2016 to 2024. The iCentre programme contributes to the goals and transition paths of the roadmap ‘Better informed on the road’.
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Note: In the iCentre programme most of the mentioned domains are under consideration. The domain emergency services and public transport are referred to where useful but are not specifically addressed (passive scope).
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