Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – TNO

TNO is an independent research organization whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organizations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO’s unique position is attributable to its versatility and capacity to integrate this knowledge. Innovation with impact is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organizations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. As ‘knowledge brokers’ we advise our customers, moreover, on finding the optimum solutions that are geared precisely to the questions they have. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. If the government can create more effective policy. And if it really helps people and organizations.

The TNO Mobility Theme combines expertise in engineering, broad experience of ICT applications and knowledge of mobility and logistics for innovative solution to all kinds of policy issuess. Some 400 TNO professionals are at hand to provide the right kind of advice and deliver clever products and tools that integrate elements of policy, behaviour and technology. Its researchers are familiar with information management in transport systems, different types of modeling techniques and software development. They are also well connected with the business world, both in the Netherlands and Europe.

The department Sustainable Transport and Logistics of TNO focuses on introduction of new logistical concepts, traffic management, transport economics and environmental studies. The department consists of a multidisciplinary team of 60 experts with experience in the fields of economists, econometrics, engineering, logistics and environment.

Previous experiences

TNO has performed many studies concerning hinterland transport both for the European Commission as wel as for other clients such as national and regional governments and ports. Key projects performed by TNO include:

  • SMART-CM, INTEGRITY, CASSANDRA, I-Cargo: all projects on e-freight developments for international transportation to, from and in Europe.
  • COMCIS – Collaborative Information Services for Container Management
  • iTREN-2030 - Integrated transport and energy baseline until 2030
  • Port and their connections within TEN-T
  • RETRACK – REorganising of Transport networks by Advanced RAil freight Concepts
  • IDVV – Improving hinterland connectivity in the Netherlands (funded by Dutch government)
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