The Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructures IVI is part of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, which is a non-profit corporation for applied research in Germany, promoting the link between scientific research and industrial implementation. Fraunhofer is mostly financed by contract work for public entities at European, national and regional level as well as for industrial companies. The research society comprises 60 research
institutes all over Germany at 40 different locations with about 20.000 employees and a €1.8 billion annual research budget. Roughly 2/3 of this sum is generated by contract research on behalf of industry and publicly funded research projects. There are research centres and representative offices in Europe, USA, Asia, and in the Middle East.
Fraunhofer IVI conducts applied research and development and provides consulting and analysis services for technical traffic-system related problems in five departments:
- Intermodal traffic information and management systems
- Transportation, energy and environment
- Strategy and optimisation
- Vehicle and transport system engineering
- Localisation, information and communicationn
Currently, about 90 scientists, engineers and students work at Fraunhofer IVI with an annual budget of about 6.5 million euros. They are involed in several national and European projects as participants or co-ordinators.
Fraunhofer IVI has profound experiences in developing medium and large-scale software projects in all fields of traffic information, particularly in the specification and implementation of software solutions for mobile devices. They were co-ordinator of the FP7 project SMART-WAY, developing the public transportation navigation system used as base for Guide2Wear, but also co-ordinator of FP7 projects CLOSER and IDIRA and several national projects.
Design and implementation of intermodal transport information and transport management systems are core competences of Fraunhofer IVI. This includes
- passenger real-time information,
- passenger navigation in public transport,
- transit and car routing systems, and
- electronic ticketing in public transport.
Besides, Fraunhofer IVI works on
- user localisation and sensor evaluation,
- analysis, modelling and evaluating of transportation networks,
- development of dispositional systems,
- vehicle guidance and driver assistance systems,
- decision support systems,
- design and implementation of optimisation algorithms,
- handling and integration of geographical data and realisation of user front ends for mobile use, and
- interdisciplinary research and development targeted at the field of telematics, transport ecology, transport economics and transport planning.
FACTUM is a SME founded in 1988 that focuses on traffic and mobility policies from the perspective of psychological and social sciences. The main objective is to develop and implement suitable instruments that make solid research, e.g. on human motives, viable. The targeted areas are approached under consideration of culture, lifestyle and life quality as those play a vital role.
The expertise of FACTUM lies in qualitative and heuristic methodology (round-table discussions, focus-group interviews, in depth and narrative interviews, workshops). FACTUM works mostly inter- and multidisciplinary, on both the national and international level.
With its studies, FACTUM makes a valuable contribution to the solutions for traffic and mobility issues, incorporating sustainability in the process.
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), is an independent and internationally prominent research institute in the transport sector. Our principal task is to conduct research and development related to infrastructure, traffic and transport. We are dedicated to the continuous development of knowledge pertaining to the transport sector, and in this way contribute actively to the attainment of the goals of Swedish transport policy.
Our operations cover all modes of transport, and the subjects of pavement technology, infrastructure maintenance, vehicle technology, traffic safety, traffic analysis, users of the transport system, the environment, the planning and decision making processes, transport economics and transport systems. Knowledge that the institute develops provides a basis for decisions made by stakeholders in the transport sector. In many cases our findings lead to direct applications in both national and international transport policies.
VTI conducts commissioned research in an interdisciplinary organisation. Employees also conduct investigations, provide counseling and perform various services in measurement and testing. The institute has a wide range of advanced research equipment and world-class driving simulators. There are also laboratories for road material testing and crash safety testing.
In Sweden VTI cooperates with universities engaged in related research and education. We also participate continuously in international research projects, networks and alliances.
The Institute is an assignment-based authority under the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. The institute holds the quality management systems certificate ISO 9001 and the environmental management systems certificate ISO 14001. Certain test methods used in our labs for crash safety testing and road materials testing are also certified by Swedac.
We have about 200 employees and are located in Linköping (head office), Stockholm, Gothenburg, Borlänge and Lund.
Founded in 2005, the InnoZ – Innovation Centre for Mobility and Societal Change GmbH is specialised in qualitative and quantitative research on transport, mobility, energy and ICT. The InnoZ provides a wide range of market and environmental analyses as well as studies covering the complex interactions between mobility and societal change. In intensive ccoperation with decision makers in business, politics and public administration, InnoZ develops innovative solutions within the field of mobility services.
Our shareholders Deutsche Bahn (German Railway), Siemens, T-Systems, the Social Science Center Berlin and the German Aeronautics and Space Research Centre reflect the broad variety of our research areas as well as the commercial and scientific interest in our research. About 100 engineers, planners, social and political scientists and economists currently work in interdisciplinary teams on realising the vision of sustainable mobility and living. Within the field of transport and mobility, InnoZ has particularly a unique knowledge on carsharing, electric and intermodal mobility, resulting from various qualitative and quantitative studies on user behavior as well as user participation in service and technology development. Furthermore, InnoZ analyses and tests the integration of electric mobility in the energy system, e.g. by monitoring an own Micro Smart Grid connected to local urban solar and wind plants and electric (carsharing) vehicles on site. Finally, research at InnoZ also examines the role of information and communication technologies as user interface to energy and transport systems.
Transport & Mobility Leuven NV (TML) conducts applied research to support policy decisions. It is our mission to help society by offering scientifically sound analyses. To this end, we rely on quantitative research: modelling, statistical analyses, simulations, and prognoses.
Our research fields are traffic, passenger and freight transport and the related economic impact and environmental problems. The integration between passenger and freight transport, economics and environment gives us a unique position within Europe. Transport & Mobility Leuven was founded in 2002. Our shareholders are the KU Leuven, a Belgian university, and TNO, a Dutch research institute. The knowledge of both institutes has been bundled and further applied to support policy decisions. Our excellent relations with our shareholders guarantees that TML is always up-to-date with the most recent state-of-the-art. Our focus is both scientific as practical: we are the bridge between the university and society. Our clients are the European Commission (DG ENTR, DG MOVE, DG ENER, DG CLIMA), national governments and administrations, local and regional authorities as well as sector associations and non-profit organisations. They base their policy on our analyses and prognoses.
We conduct our projects with great concern for independence and openness. Transport & Mobility Leuven is not associated with road construction companies, economic sectors or political parties. We think it is important to communicate self-critically and openly on our methods and sources. We clearly communicate not only our end results, but also our intermediate results and methods. Our research results thus instil insight and trust, and can thus be defended.
TML has experience with the following relevant elements:
– Working in international context: TML has recently, and still is, active in a number of
FP6 and FP7 projects such as GHG-TransPoRD, OPTIMISM, ECOSTAND, etc. Furthermore, TML remains an active partner in participation towards future international programmes, such as ERA-NET and Horizon 2020.
– Developing and using transport models: TML has developed and maintains the TREMOVE model, one of the most important policy support models for emission modelling and transport; furthermore, TML has ample experience with micro-modeling. Combined, these form a solid basis for the modeling work at hand.
– ICT measures and policy options: TML has a continuous experience with relevant projects where state-of-the-art technologies are the subject of research or the topic of implementation. Furthermore, TML has been responsible for numerous effect analyses in the domain of general mobility, multi-modality, co-modality, etc. Examples thereof are OPTIMISM, numerous impact analyses for European DG’s (i.e. speed limiters, driver training, tyre use, etc.), but also local projects and field studies on for example adjusted taxation schemes (pay per km) or parking strategies
The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) is part of the Department of Spatial, Landscape and Infrastructure Sciences at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). Teaching, research, and services at BOKU concentrate around managing natural resources, around shaping biospheres and anthropospheres with the final goal of securing and conscientiously using our natural life resources.
BOKU-ITS is an interdisciplinary group of about 20 researchers being involved in various national and international projects. Research includes travel behaviour analysis, transport modelling and forecasting, sustainable transport planning for all type of modes focusing on active mobility on an urban and regional level, transport policy as well as socio-total economic and environmental impact assessment of transport systems and policies. Methods for data collection on mobility behaviour include surveys, analyses of existing data and data fusion. Our work focuses on advancing survey methods, e.g. by integrating innovative technologies such as smartphone-based applications, and methods for data analysis. All the members of the institute have already experiences with project management and administration on national and/or international level.
BOKU-ITS has profound know-how and a lot of experiences in transport research, coordination and performance of national and European projects on mobility, for instance the projects MODE, MOTION-FF, SWITCH and PASTA (the three last mentioned coordinated by BOKU-ITS): These projects used data from passive GPS-trackers for developing methods for automatic mode detection. These models are based on location and acceleration data. Data for testing the developed algorithms were taken from the project MobiFIT where respondents filled out written diaries and/or carried the GPS-devices in different combinations for several days. The algorithms are advanced in the on-going project PROVAMO based on data from smartphones and passive GPS-trackers. Field tests generate insights and knowledge on survey designs, response rates, acceptance, data protection issues, data quality, effort and cost for data processing and supervision of respondents.
CodeSyntax Internet solution
CodeSyntax is a software company located in the Basque Country, Spain. We are dedicated to developing content management systems to organizations that handle large amounts of content and to making the Internet a truly global experience through internationalization and localization services.
We are specialized in developing projects for businesses, governments and associations, and we also have several R&D projects in collaboration with universities, technology centers and companies.
Our team is engaged in developing a number of services designed to adapt products developed in one country to meet the language, cultural, and business needs in others. We also specialize in devising and maintaining websites running in several languages
We have experience in content management, collaborative news websites, community websites, corporate portals and intranets, and, particularly, designing and managing multilingual websites and localizing applications in different languages. We do IT-consulting, project management, application development and application service providing.
CodeSyntax also provides globalization consultancy to companies that need expert advice in order to compete globally or launch multilingual websites.
CodeSyntax is a company specialized in FLOSS solutions, and is member of ASOLIF, ESLE and ZEA Partners, European non-profit networks for companies building open source solutions.
We try to keep as close a relationship with the customer as possible, emphasizing face-to-face knowledge and meetings. The proximity of the development team and customers guarantees quality assurance in our work.
CodeSyntax team are 15 people with a high technical background and our premises have 372 square meters, on property, with 26 workstations, 3 meeting rooms, a usability lab, a server room and others.