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New App Flux Makes Freight Traffic Smoother And Safer In Ports And On International Roads

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On 11 April 2019, smart mobility company Be-Mobile, part of the Proximus Group, and the Zeebrugge Port authority (MBZ) launched the free Flux app, enabling smoother and safer freight traffic in the port and beyond. Via the app, truck drivers receive warnings and updates about the current situation at the port, but also about traffic on international roads in Europe. As such, the app contributes to an optimal supply chain, efficient freight traffic and safer roads.

Port authority, terminals and truck drivers together for smoother transport

Flux bridges the gap between the truck driver on the one hand and the port and its terminals on the other. Every terminal has been mapped, offering truck drivers the chance to easily find the way to their destination. With the Be-Mobile fleet management system, the port authority can warn or redirect drivers in case of dangerous situations.

Taking into consideration the current traffic, Flux will send the estimated time of arrival (ETA) to the connected terminals so they can take action when the truck would arrive too soon or too late. If necessary, the trucks can be guided to a parking space where the terminal can give the instruction to leave for a new slot. As such, the app optimizes the supply chain.

The road as a safe haven

The app is also designed to secure drivers’ safety. Flux is therefore equipped with functionalities such as real-time traffic information (delays, accidents, stationary vehicles, speed checks, traffic jams at X metre, etc.), but also warnings for priority vehicles, maximum speed, speed advice and optimal route suggestions. Thanks to the voice command functionality, every warning is read out to the driver so they never have to take their eyes off the road, in the port and beyond.

A similar project, CITRUS, already started in 2017. It is a cooperation between Be-Mobile, the Belgian supermarket Colruyt and the Flemish Government. Colruyt trucks can request priority at traffic lights that prevents them from slowing down but at the same time offers them the opportunity to save time and emit less CO2.―CT Bureau

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