February 2017: Visit of Rudolf Henke, a member of the German Bundestag
As DTV-Verkehrsconsult is getting a grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Rudolf Henke (Member of the Bundestag) visited the company office in Aachen. The aim of the publicly funded research project, led by the Polish company Neurosoft Sp.z o.o. in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems and the Austrian consultancy TB-Traxler GmbH, is to develop a video-based counting system for vehicles. Rudolf Henke was once again able to see how much potential there is in the business world of Aachen. [For the full article please go www.rudolf-henke.de.]
DTV-Verkehrsconsult is an independent, innovative R&D engineering consultancy with the main focus on road traffic. We have our roots in traffic data analysis, which still remains a key aspect today. Expressed in simple words:
For this we use the most modern automatic counting techniques that we also test and verify in pilot applications on behalf of device manufacturers. Besides traditional induction loops we use the (side) -radar technology, Bluetooth and WiFi as well as video analysis using license plate recognition. And we also conduct surveys and individualized interviews manually.
The analysis of these data in terms of the desired traffic characteristics is our “bread and butter”. Determining the Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT, in German; DTV) is THE key value, to which we have dedicated our company name.
Since our founding in 2004, we analyse traffic data. Our specialist knowledge in the interpretation of traffic volumes, traffic composition, lane distributions and speed, daily, weekly and annual fluctuations we put to use in the design of short and long time counts, as well as in permanent counts. Thus we can ensure the highest quality standards. Our analysis, secures a comprehensive and neutral view of the traffic situation. This analysis can be used to support planning applications.
We provide our special knowledge particularly to highway authorities, unity authorities, universities and other public authorities. We also support private organisations at home and abroad. Besides Germany we have so far worked on projects in Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Israel.
Today our company employs 11 permanent employees, with four traffic engineers. In addition we provide an apprenticeship training position for a mathematic-technical-software developer. Research fellows from the RWTH Aachen University as well as from the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences support our work. Since the automatic data processing got more and more challenging over the last years we are now proud to have an effective IT-team with four dedicated software developers in our company. Our IT-team is also supported by trainees and student assistants.
One of our first projects consisted of the analysis and evaluation of the nationwide German Road Traffic Census 2005. Based on the experience gained during this work we developed the counting technology of the “Traffic Monitoring” in cooperation with the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Instead of a manual counts with in traffic monitoring counting devise based on side – radar technology are used which are in place for at least a week and then transferred to the next location.
Initially traffic data is usually collected and analysed for statistical issues. Beyond that it is used as an essential basis for various questions. In short these are the fields of operation and traffic planning, road safety and accident research. The improvement of traffic safety is on the one hand supported by systematic analyses of the accidents which occur. On the other hand methods aiming at accident prevention also play an essential role.
With the innovative data and analyses platform of the “Traffic Safety Screening” in Baden-Württemberg we were nominated for the DEKRA Award 2015 in the traffic category.
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