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Dutch railway uses IoT to reduce people jams
This article is part of the CWEurope issue of August-October 2017
Traffic jams are the bane of commuters, both in their cars and on public transport. In the case of the latter, the travellers themselves are creating hold-ups too. In Dutch train stations, however, the internet of things (IoT) is being used to untangle these people jams. The Netherlands is a small but crowded country. More than 17 million people work, live and travel in its modest 41,500km2. Most of these – some seven million people – are concentrated in the urban area called the Randstad. This is a ring formed by the four largest cities in the country: Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht. Travel in this area can be quite daunting, by car or by train. Smart city starts at the station Amsterdam has always been a busy city, but the past few years have seen an influx of people travelling to and through the Dutch capital. Due to regular traffic jams in the Randstad, and also the historic nature of Amsterdam’s inner city, this influx is only partly translated into car traffic. Public transport is the most popular choice for ...
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