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The main idea was to apply and test existing and new traffic detection techniques. In brief, the technical side of the project consisted in:
An EVI (Electronic Vehicle Identification) system was implemented for the first time in The Netherlands in order to signal and register the participating vehicles. The EVI system performed very well: a score of 99.81% was achieved on a total of 31,585 EVI readings.
A number plate recognition camera was installed at every EVI location to record the number plate of each vehicle passing by. The camera compensated for any unsuccessful EVI registrations and thereby reduced the chance of missed registrations to nearly zero. Moreover:
Because the EVI registration covered only four possible routes, it was necessary to identify other alternative routes from Zoetermeer towards The Hague. One of the solutions was to place additional mumber plate recognition camera systems on these routes and to identify participants trying to evade the EVI detection system.
The Spitsmijden website was used for both the internal and the external communications and was therefore an essential part of the trial. On this website, each participant had to fill in a logbook daily. The logbooks were used for analysis and compared with the detected movements.
Participants with a Yeti smart phone disposed of a website that had been customized for the trial. In this way, they were able to see the actual travel times in minutes between Zoetermeer and Prins Clausplein in The Hague. The idea was that they would have to use this information for their travel decisions.
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