TNO * Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek

Location: Delft, the Netherlands

Main contact: Gerdien Klunder, Project coordinator,

Services/field of expertise:

  • Healthy Living
  • Industrial Innovation
  • Defence, Safety and Security
  • Energy
  • Transport and Mobility
  • Built Environment
  • Information Society


Short overview of the organisation:

The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is a non-profit research organisation. Established in 1932, TNO’s public mission has been laid down in a special law: to support industry and society in general in transforming knowledge into products and processes of economic and societal value. TNO is fully independent; it is neither a governmental body nor is it related to any specific interest group. In the system of innovation, TNO acts as an interface between science and the market. Being both embedded in the world of fundamental research and having strong links with the world of users, TNO is perfectly paced to fulfil this role in which contract research and strategic collaboration are keys to the transfer of knowledge.

In the performance of its public task – demand-driven programmes – TNO receives funding from the Dutch government, part of which is available for European R&D project matching.

Sustainable mobility including ITS is one of the seven key expertise domains of TNO. Within that domain TNO provides strategic advice for both public and commercial clients.

Role in Amitran:

  • Project Coordinator
  • Leader of WP1: Project Management
  • Leader of WP4: Assessment model framework and architecture

In Amitran, four separate departments of TNO worked together: Mobility and Logistics, Human Factors, Environmentally Sustainable Transport and Information and Communication Technology. In this multidisciplinary structure experience of transport engineers, economists, mathematicians, urban planners, information scientists and psychologists was brought together.

TNO was coordinator of the project and leader of WP4 (assessment model framework and architecture). TNO was also involved in the user needs analysis and use case definition, the analysis of (implications of) ITS applications, development of interfaces, models and simulations, evaluation of the impact assessment methodology and dissemination activities.

Other projects (related to Amitran):

TNO has been very active in European Framework Programs, in projects such as eIMPACT (coordinator), CVIS, SafeSpot, PReVENT, HEAVEN, IMAGINE, RETRACK (coordinator), TRANSTOOLS (coordinator), iTREN, REORIENT, PROMIT, SMART-CM, TRANSFORUM, HEATCO, IASON, SCENARIOS, SCENES, GRACE, IMPRINT, REFIT, and ETIS. TNO led the project ‘Impact of Information and Communication Technologies on Energy Efficiency in Road Transport’ and provided input for the Draft Final Report of the Working Group ICT for Clean & Efficient Mobility of the eSafety Forum, and participates in the EC-METI Task Force on the development of international standardised assessment methodology of the impact on energy efficiency and CO2 reduction in transport.

At the national level, TNO was involved in the TRANSUMO programme (Transitions to sustainable mobility), in the projects Advanced traffic monitoring, Advanced traffic control and Intelligent Vehicles. Also, TNO carried out research into the use of advanced sensors and sensor networks in monitoring of traffic and environmental aspects. In many of these projects, TNO coupled state-of-the-art traffic and emission models (ITS modeller, VERSIT+).

Examples of projects on traffic, transport and environment TNO has been involved in are ECOSTAND (coordinator), COFRET, eCoMove and ecoDriver. In the COFRET project, TNO is work package leader on elaboration of CO2 estimation methodology. TNO has vast knowledge in supply chains, logistics, and mobility, as well as energy and environmental issues, which are brought together in the project. In the eCoMove project, TNO acted as an evaluation manager and was involved in the user needs analyses, development of strategic fuel consumption model, development, testing and evaluation of eco-traffic management and control applications, impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis.

Amitran final brochure

This publication summarises the outputs of the project and provides hints on how to use them.

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Amitran Checklist

The Amitran Checklist provides guidance for assessing the impact of ITS on CO₂ emissions.

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