Mechelen (Belgium)

Pilot Description

The aim of the pilot is to create a new form of mobility management based on the ANPR cameras that are located throughout the city. In Mechelen, certain areas of the city are car-free during certain times of the day, in order to verify that no cars are entering that areas, more than 150 smart ANPR cameras were installed to control the car free zone and for general safety reasons.

At this moment, there are different topics of interest and opportunities in the Mechelen pilot. However, they
all aim to achieve a smarter mobility policy in the city:

  • To enhance traffic safety: is it possible to use the ANPR cameras to enhance traffic safety?

  • Traffic management in the city - study how traffic is moving in and around the city, getting more of the traffic in Mechelen with a distinction between vehicle origin destination information about types;

  • The introduction of a low emission zone (LEZ);

  • The introduction of MobiPoints.


For now, the Mechelen pilot has not yet defined a clear and specific policy question on which they want to work on within this project. That is why the first step of this pilot will be the creation of a clear policy question and a detailed planning for the coming months in the project. It is to be expected that traffic safety in relation to road congestion will be one of the major policy questions. A second question is probably the impact of road works on the city traffic and the accessibility of mobility generators as shopping zones, schools and important public transport spots. 

The Mechelen pilot case can give the PoliVisu consortium great insights on the usage of big data from ANPR cameras.

About Mechelen

Mechelen is a city and municipality in the province of AntwerpFlandersBelgium. The municipality comprises the city of Mechelen proper, some quarters at its outskirts, the hamlets of Nekkerspoel (adjacent) and Battel (a few kilometers away), as well as the villages of Walem, Heffen, Leest, Hombeek, and Muizen. 

Mechelen lies on the major urban and industrial axis BrusselsAntwerp, about 25 km from each city. Inhabitants find employment at Mechelen's southern industrial and northern office estates, as well as at offices or industry near the capital and Zaventem Airport, or at industrial plants near Antwerp's seaport.

Mechelen is one of Flanders' prominent cities of historical art, with AntwerpBrugesBrusselsGhent, and Leuven. It was notably a centre for artistic production during the Northern Renaissance.



About PoliVisu Partner: HSRS/EDIP

HSRS offers a wide range of services dealing with the creation of geoinformation systems, SDI (Spatial Data Infrastructure) products and spatial applications.

  • HSRS is one of the two Czech members of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

  • HSRS has a representative in the INSPIRE Drafting Team.

  • HSRS is a member of two Czech research networks including Czech Centre for Science and Society (CCSS) and WirelessInfo.

  • HSRS is active in the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO).


EDIP deals with traffic and transport models (modeling of traffic volumes, evaluation of alternative solutions, traffic professional estimate), GIS services (visualization of different types of transport data that includes but is not limited to traffic volumes, accidents and routing, thematic and digital maps, GID database, geographic traffic analysis) , road safety audit (road inspections, traffic accident analysis and visualization of these type of data, solution suggestions), traffic surveys (research and evaluation all modes of transport, national traffic census), intersection assessment (capacity assessment and solution suggestions), public and cycle transport (analyses, visualization, assessment of the effectiveness and optimalization).