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Geodan, winner of Oracle’s 2011 Eco-Enterprise Innovation Award, is a leading geo-information and communications technology (ICT) consultancy firm, specializing in supplying location data via innovative technologies. The agency advises clients on geo-data issues and develops tailor-made geographic information system (GIS) solutions.
In 2007, Stichting Incident Management Nederland (SIMN)—an agency that works with various emergency centers and the Dutch Highways Agency (Rijkswaterstaat), and is responsible for calling in recovery services—commissioned Geodan to develop an application for handling highway incidents and for measuring how fast a rescuer can arrive on site.
Geodan used Oracle Database 11g to develop the Aanrijdtijdensysteem Incident Management (AIM) system which has proven instrumental in clearing up motorway jams after traffic accidents and incidents. As recovery operators are subject to a performance-related bonus and penalty system, AIM—based on Oracle Database—links, records, and analyzes the locations of hundreds of daily reported incidents with 500 recovery vehicles’ real-time location data, so SIMN can effectively monitor and remunerate recovery operators’ performance.
Further, data and reports generated by the system enables SIMN to demonstrate more efficient incident management on Dutch freeways. After an incident is reported, AIM calculates the adjusted response time of the route to a vehicle in difficulties. Information such as the name of the recovery (towing) company, car registration data, time of arrival, and route of the recovery vehicle are stored, monitored and reported. As a result, SIMN cut its response times by an average of 25% and reduced CO2 emissions by 50%.