EC Vice-President Kroes presents award Helmond, October 29, 2012
DITCM wins iMobility Award for open innovation organisation on smartmobility
The Dutch Integrated Testsite Cooperative Mobility (DITCM) has won the Industry/TechnologyiMobility Award 2012. The award was presented by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes to Joëllevan den Broek of TNO, a lead member of the consortium, at the 19th ITS World Congress in Viennaon 26 October 2012. The iMobility Award is presented to an individual or team who has played animportant role in the introduction of iMobility systems in Europe.
DITCM is an open innovation organisation in which government, industry and knowledge instituteswork together to make cooperative systems a success, and by doing so to provide sustainablesupport for mobility and accessibility. DITCM involves more than 20 partners that jointly operate adevelopment and test environment for new forms of smart vehicles and the correspondingintelligent roadside systems.
Interactions between vehicle and roadside infrastructure
DITCM focuses on the interactions between vehicles themselves, and between vehicles and theroadside infrastructure, for example about optimal speeds and alternative routes. In the near futurevehicles that exchange information with each other and with the roadside infrastructure will be justas normal as traffic lights are today. There are tremendous technological opportunities in this area.With its character of an open innovation organisation, together with a physical test environment,DITCM is preparing the way for practical applications of these ‘cooperative systems’.
The partners in this innovation environment work together on the basis of a shared roadmap. “In anopen innovation environment it’s important to have clear agreements, for example on how we dealwith competition and who pays for what, when we’re sharing knowledge and facilities”, said Van denBroek, who was praised by the jury for her management style. “Of course we also keep up-to-datewith developments that are taking place at other locations in Europe. As a region we aim to be an