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Never be late for an appointment with Filejeppen

 

File-What? ‘Filejeppen’ is a combination of the Dutch words for traffic tailbacks (file) and fierljeppen, which literally means pole jumping over ditches. In essence, it means ‘jumping’ past the tailback and getting where you are going on time. Filejeppen is an app that combines an extremely good multimodal route-planner with game elements and social interaction. With this app you know in advance exactly how long your trip is going to take, which is the best route to take, and which mode of transportation to use. Take the car, public transport, the bike or even a combination.

Paul van Beek, ‘Beter Benutten’ advisor with Goudappel Coffeng: “The strength is that the app takes the current and anticipated traffic situation into account very well. Even once you are underway, the app helps in being one step ahead of any delays which may occur later. It really is multimodal. Taking a clever detour to a Park + Ride along the way can be an excellent alternative if there’s a sudden tailback, after all.”

Journey planner
The Filejeppen app uses the pre-trip travel information service from DAT.mobility. Three different travel planners are available in this service: the car, the bicycle and the public transport planner. We have integrated these three planners and set up an API (Application Programming Interface) with which the app communicates. This also makes it possible to plan multimodal trips; for example by bike to the station, then with the train and finally walking to the ultimate destination. Another example is that the travel time is monitored during a car journey and if there is considerable delay by car, a faster alternative by public transport is offered.

Journey planner
The Filejeppen app uses the pre-trip travel information service from DAT.mobility. Three different travel planners are available in this service: the car, the bicycle and the public transport planner. We have integrated these three planners and set up an API (Application Programming Interface) with which the app communicates. This also makes it possible to plan multimodal trips; for example by bike to the station, then with the train and finally walking to the ultimate destination. Another example is that the travel time is monitored during a car journey and if there is considerable delay by car, a faster alternative by public transport is offered.

Data streams
Alongside the integrated travel planner, we have also implemented specific data streams and made them available to the Filejeppen app. These data streams contain static information about parking and event locations, and maximum speeds on motorways. Dynamic data, which is being continuously processed, is also available. This reflects the current situation on the Dutch roads network, including all reports of tailbacks and roadworks. The data streams contain extra information, like the reason for an accident, the expected duration and the exact location of the tailback. The user obtains complete information from this input.

Up-to-date travel information
Users who launch the app can ‘activate’ a stored journey in it. From that moment we monitor the trip and we match it against the data streams. Each detail that comes in and is relevant to the user is then sent to the user, so that he or she is immediately up-to-date. The journey time is adjusted and in this way the user always knows the arrival time. If a more favourable route is available, then the user receives a message to this effect and he can have his route adjusted.

Take part too!
Anyone can download the app at www.filejeppen.nl. The app is suitable for both Android devices and iPhones.

Filejeppen is a new service that better informs the user when setting out on the road. The ‘Beter Benutten’ programme is the driver of this market innovation. The official launch on Intertraffic was on 27 March 2014. Filejeppen is a project by Goudappel, Technolution, and Bohemia Amsterdam.

For more information about Filejeppen please get in touch with Henri Palm on 0570 666 111 or send an e-mail.