Dura Vermeer and NIRA Dynamics sign cooperation agreement to transform Dutch infrastructure market
Dura Vermeer and NIRA Dynamics have signed a cooperation agreement to join forces in transforming the Dutch infrastructure market. NIRA Dynamics will provide Dura Vermeer with powerful in-car data that allows the contractor to develop new value-added services.
Collecting in-car data
NIRAs technology, which is installed in VW Group passenger vehicles, utilizes the cars’ existing sensors to analyze road conditions in real time. Road conditions from connected vehicles are delivered to a cloud backend where it is aggregated and analyzed, before being distributed to Dura Vermeer and their partners within road maintenance.
Björn Zachrisson, Business and Strategy Manager Road Maintenance at NIRA Dynamics: “The cooperation with Dura Vermeer will put us in a great position to change the way road maintenance is done in the Netherlands. The joint innovative power of our companies will ensure our customers receive services that really have an impact.”
The recipients of the data see irregularities and other disturbances related to the road surface gathered in a digital interface. In the road maintenance tool and digital map, they can also see friction data, ie slipperiness, which is an advantage in winter road conditions to plan and prioritize clearing efforts minimizing the risk of accidents.
New value-added services
NIRA Dynamics’ valuable in-care data, combined with Dura Vermeer broad experience of the Dutch infrastructure market and customer demands will lead to innovative services that will transform the Dutch infrastructure market.
Stijn van ’t Hek, Manager Road Management and Maintenance at Dura Vermeer: “We believe that data is the future. By combining NIRA Dynamics’ in car data with our specialized knowledge, we will be able to develop services that will come to the benefit of the whole supply chain. From road users to road owners and road maintenance contractors. Firstly, we are focusing on three domains when developing new services: asset management, winter maintenance and road safety.”
The benefits for the Dutch infrastructure market are tremendous. Foremost, decisions can be made based on solid data instead of gut feelings. Furthermore, the amount of data that is collected by road cars outnumbers the data collected by road inspectors. Moreover, governmental customers can transparently justify their actions to civilians.